Zimbabwe Crisis : Army says Action is not a Military Takeover
15 November 2017 World
Zimbabwe’s army has denied it carried out a coup after taking over the state broadcaster in the early hours of Wednesday, even as military vehicles took to the streets of the Zimbabwean capital and prolonged gunfire was heard near the presidential residence.
The statement read out by Maj Gen Sibusiso Moyo came hours after soldiers overran the headquarters of ZBC, saying President Robert Mugabe was “safe” and his “security is guaranteed”.
“It is not a military takeover of government,” an army spokesman said in a televised statement.
“We wish to assure the nation that his excellency the president… and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed.”
“We are only targeting criminals around who him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.
“As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”
The address came hours after several loud explosions echoed across central Harare and troops seized the headquarters of the ZBC, Zimbabwe’s state broadcaster.”
The statement did not name those targeted but a government source quoted by Reuters said Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo was among those detained.
Zimbabwe has just experienced its first coup. This type is called a guardian coup but whatever name it's a coup. pic.twitter.com/HdwRInxeci
— Chipo Dendere, PhD (@drDendere) November 15, 2017
It is not clear who is leading the military action.