By Tyler Durden
We noted yesterday that Zimbabwe military commander, General Constantino Chiwenga, said on state television that he was not launching a military coup, while Mugabe and his family were safe, they were targeting criminals around the Mugabe family and the situation will return to normal soon. Well, that changed fast and with events fluid, the latest from Zimbabwe is that the army is in control of the country, and holding president Mugabe “for his own safety”, while it was removing “criminals” around him such as the country’s finance minster.
Overnight, an army spokesman said on state television that Mugabe and his family were being held in a “safe and secure place” while soldiers carried out the operation in Harare, which followed a day of high tension between the army’s commander, General Constantino Chiwenga, and Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF. “We are targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country,” the army spokesman said. “As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.’
According to the FT, witnesses in Harare said soldiers remained on guard outside the state TV building on Wednesday morning, and …read more