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Tension in Zim as army ‘takes over’

By Staff Reporter

ZIMBABWE has been plunged in uncertainty after the military took over the national broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) early Wednesday morning announcing they have taken over the running of the country in the interim.

Announcing the takeover live on ZBC-TV, Brigadier General Sibusiso Moyo urged for calm in the nation saying President Robert Mugabe and his family were safe but did not say more about the first couple.

Moyo urged for calm in the country and assured the nation that the developments were not a military coup.

Reports said Finance Minister and top Mugabe aide Ignatius Chombo has been arrested.

There is a heavy army presence in Harare’s CBD.

The shock  political developments follow the shock sacking of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa who has strong links with the military.

Zimbabwe Defence Forces Commander, General Constantino Chiwenga said in a bold statement on Monday that the military will not allow Zanu PF to be seized by counter revolutionaries.

This follows continued infighting in the ruling party in which Mnangagwa allies were being systematically purged.

Gary Murambiwa
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