Live updates: Army steps in, says Mugabe safe

Latest: President Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as Chair of SADC, is sending Special Envoys to Zimbabwe and Angola in light of the unfolding situation in the Republic of Zimbabwe.

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The President is sending the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and the Minister of State Security, Adv Bongani Bongo to Zimbabwe to meet with President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwean Defence Force.

President Zuma spoke to President Robert Mugabe earlier today who indicated that he was confined to his home but said that he was fine. South Africa is also in contact with the Zimbabwean Defence Force (ZDF).

The Special Envoys will also be sent to the Republic of Angola to the Republic of Angola to see President Joao Lourenco, Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security to brief him on the situation.

President Zuma has reiterated his call for calm and restraint and for the ZDF to ensure that peace and stability are not undermined in Zimbabwe.

SADC will continue to monitor the situation closely.

11:15 President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of SADC, has noted with great concern the unfolding political situation in the Republic of Zimbabwe. See statement Zuma issues statement on Zim situation

By Online Desk

10:06: Reports reaching NewsDay state thatZanu Pf youth leader Kudzanai Chipanga who challenged the military in a press conference was picked up by military police yesterday 10pm at his Harare home.

Pictures of Soldiers in Harare CBD by Shepherd Tozvireva

8:51: AT least three leading figures in G40 faction of Zanu PF that had been reportedly fomenting chaos in the ruling party were picked up in the early hours of Wednesday following the intervention of the country’s Defence Forces, NewsDay has learnt.
Although the reports remain unconfirmed at the moment, indications are Finance minister Ignatius Chombo (Zanu PF’s secretary for administration), national commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo were arrested in raids at their respective homes.
Moyo is believed to have been the brains behind the G40 faction that has reportedly been masterminding the expulsion of liberation war heroes in Zanu PF including the recent sacking of former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
An uneasy calm is obtaining in Harare but citizens are going about their business oblivious to the shifting political power dynamics in the country.

8:31: There is strong military presence at the Robert Mugabe International Airport. According to a eye-witness: “Domestic flights are operating as normal but we had to go through thorough security check points by soldiers.”

The army has announced on state broadcaster that President Robert Mugabe and family are safe but army is ‘targeting criminals around him’

There are unconfirmed reports that the army has arrested some ministers. The army has also recalled soldiers on leave. There is a presence of army personnel in Harare city and other towns.

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  1. At long last.How about Grace and Mphoko?

    1. Yaa taura hako ngadzibatwe imbwa idzodzo

      1. oginy'zapu'giny'poison

        and Chiwengwa too is a criminal, he was involved in the butchering of Ndebele people, looting of Chiadzwa diamond

    2. NO TSARISM IN AFRICA

  2. This doesnt sound good. We are talking here about a corrupt army eager to defend its loot too. Hope all ends well.

    1. What are you talking about. let nature take its course .

      1. What nature are you talking about? Be real.

    2. while i agree with your sentiments, i just need to say these guys have always been protecting their loot…so nothing changes,. Its not getting any worse than it is now. The only difference is that some thieves will be pushed off the train. for the masses its less thieves to feed.

  3. No change will ever be worse than Grace and G40 plans. Well done army!!

  4. No no, this is the only way out. we are in a hopeless situation and i think this is the only way out. we are fed up with this system, so oppressive, so cruel,our lives have been reduced to nothing and we stil glorify Mugabe. i think the army knows what it is doing. its a learned force. we will thank the army i tell you.

  5. Comment…THANK YOU ARMY PAMBERI NE KUGADZIRISA ZIMBABWE

  6. HOPE ALL WII end WELL GOD never Go blind###

  7. Comment…Batai vanhu varume

  8. Is the public free to point out those who benefited from Zanu (RF) theft? That would be a very good and effective thrust. Most are well-known and even where they stay or live. The few picked up so far are just a tip of the ice berg!!

  9. I knewMnangagwa is the man. Chiwenga and team well done.

    1. Kkkkkkk. Jecha ndakuziva. Ngwena inoruma

  10. Looks like someone’sVP ambitions have gone down the drain. We all saw it coming. After decades in the struggle you can’t be told by kids that you are disloyal. To who, the country or an individual, I would rather choose to be loyal to the country than a person.

  11. Those who thought Ngwena is a lizard, repeat your statements. Happy Independence day. Muzembi muzukuru wakabvuma kutevera Mateveranjani uchiita tribal politics. Where will you be? Chiwenga you are a true hero. We salute you, we the Gallant sons and daughters of Zimbabwe. We want peace and no retribution please. The dictator has fallen. Remain calm hameno vana Chipanga vanoda mari dzabiwa. Our youths, don’t fight a war whose cause you don’t know. G40 is a click of less than ten people namely, Mugabe- Head, Grace-Co-Head, Mboko-Vice, Jonathan Moyo-Engine room, Kasukuwere- useless weapon of mass destruction, Zhuwao- affiliated by relationship to Mugabe, Chombo- Fund-raiser and financier. The rest were just willing tools. This is more than the Mgagagao declaration Commander Chiwenga.

  12. SO we were dealing with a REAL CROCODILE after all not a lizard as we were n
    made to believe lately

  13. Kune nzira dzamasoja dzokuzvibata nadzo!! Pamberi ne ZDF!!!

      1. Pamberi NeArmy yedu….vagona kwazvo, Batai vanhu varume!! Zuma and SADC are just fools, how can they talk about unconstitutional change of government when the governmet itself is an uncostitutional collection of criminals!! We support you vaChiwenga! You are our hero, its always better late than never!

  14. lets point out those beneficials fromzanu pf theft and let them get sailed

  15. All change for now must be for the benefit of all Zimbabweans. What may be needed now is a transitional arrangement to allow for the review / amendment of the constitution and electoral laws. This is when ED, Morgen T, and Joyce can constitute the presidium… or President and Prime Minister arrangement until the situation is conducive for FREE and FAIR elections. I thank you.

  16. Be bold Zimbos! Silence in the midst of adversity is fear , not peace. This may be the turning point of oppression. It may be new to most of you after many years ruthlessness but nothing is out of order. I can read expertise in the army and thus expect no bloodshed. Albeit belatedly, ageing Mugabe (and Grace) will at least learn their lessons. I hope the peaceful and humane ‘operation,’ normalcy will eventually resume. Lets place the country where it deserves. Whatif this high headedness was cracked down in the year 2000?

  17. The Second Coming

    Thank you army for having people at heart. Now Mnangagwa must prove a reformist capable of turnarounding the fortunes of this country which were now at the sorry state. I don’t know how our former president Mugabe wants to take this great nation to. This proved a life-saving blood injection to the patient in the Intensive Care Unit but anyway, the patient still needs attention. Mr President Mnangagwa, while the general populace will rally behind you at this moment, as the Man of the Match, remain watchful that the citizenry will try your policies and style of leadership by ballot and I sincerely urge you to have people at heart and see if you won’t enjoy the support of once desperate and stranded Zimbos. Pamberi ne Lacoste!!! Pasi neG40!!!! Pasi ne Disorder!!!!

    1. Don’t worry ED has the capacity. He is the man not just of the moment but of all times. He might have his weaknesses but I tell you he is very sharp when it comes to economics and he carries with him a lot of maturity. That’s the reason you never hear him commenting even while he was under severe attack. He is a man of action so full of life and meaning. He does what he says and never blames situations for failure. Lets rally behind him and set aside the historical issues like gukurahundu; it happened and its a gone era right now we have to face the real issues that are affecting us as a people and as the nation.

      1. HE HAS BEEN BLAMING SANCTIONS FOR ALL AND SUNDRY. HE IS NO DIFFRENT FROM MATIBII.

    2. So you actually think the army is doing this for you??? Zimbabweans are unbearably naive..

  18. those ‘tanks’ are laughable … totally laughable!! I cldn’t stop laughing

    drama is a teaspoon … and that is, if this is at all true, WHICH IT IS NOT!
    Team LaLizard is a gonner. How can any sober person think Mnangagwa can be a candidate for anything, including their vidco thinhy. The chap will lose even to a goat!!!

  19. Well done GENERAL CHIWENGA , l am so excited to seea new Zimbabwe . Go Army Go

  20. at long last , the devil have been defeated .God is great, waze wasikhipha eGIBHITHE uMOSES.

  21. Good job army we salute you

  22. Comment…Batai vanhu varume vese vanema 50roomed mansions nema stands in every town growth point and cities should also be brought to book.

  23. Grace who had invaded the presidency must b stiffly or sternly warned & flushed out of all political activities of our country;she is so dangerous,must b stopped fr all politics-strictly forbidden unless she reforms to a silent wife of a president

    1. Which President?

  24. i saw it coming,please vanhukadzi musapiundire zvinhu zvekubasa kaanababa,munoparira vanhu.

  25. ndosaka kare zvainzi panotaura varume, vakadzi ku kitchen

  26. ALLAHU AKBAR!!!!!!
    GOD IS GREAT!!!!!!

  27. “‘There is a presence of army personnel in Harare city and other towns’. Please stop lying, There was not single soldier on the streets of Bulawayo this morning and I bet its the same in Gweru, Masvingo and other cities. All the targeted ‘çriminals’ are in the plash suburbs of Harare, the city of thieves.

    1. Yaaaa even in Chinhoyi hakuna kana umwe,,,,,vaiveko vakatobaya Harare i guess

  28. I dont support ED but Grace anga opind nemwenje mudzive. It was just too much especially from a First Lady. I dont like coups or any involvement by the army in civilian affairs BUT patanga tasvitswa ne ZANU Poor Finishing any change is welcome.
    Zvimwe tozviona mberi.

  29. They should thoroughly beat and discipline Chipanga , the kid is just over ambitious about nothing. Kudzai Chipanga ane dzungu chairo ngavamurove chaizvo .

  30. Zimbabwe will never be a briefcase country again.Well done ZDF !

  31. pamberi ne army myeduuuuuuuuuuu

  32. Sekuru Chioko Muhombe

    Mvura naya naya tidye mapodzi
    tranlation
    Zimb.. ndiye ro.. baba, Zimb.. ndiye ro.. remadziba..

  33. My only wish is for them to tie Jonathan Moyo by the shapeless head with a barbed wire. The man is so heartless nxaaah. Its game one, handei tione.

  34. chipanga, dzungu hakuzi
    kungwara

  35. Go has plans for our beloved country. Patience pays Zimbos. Honestly our beloved country had been traded for ice-cream this time around not sugar. We salute ZDF- ACTIONS NOT BICKERING.

  36. THE ARMY MUST PUT THAT CHIPANGA TO SLEEP. ONCE AGAIN, I SAY, THANK YOU SOLDIERS. NDOKUTI ARMY YE VANHU.

    Pamberi ne Army yedu!

    1. please ZUMAAAA KIP QUITE WE HAVE BEEN SUFFERING FOR TOO LONG AND YOU DID NOT SAY ANYTHING

  37. well done army

  38. Bt zvavakaita gate raChombo mmmmmmm hazvis zvekuchengetedza munhu kkkkkkkkk

  39. Boss weCIO hanz aenda fut

  40. titotatetit@gmail.com

    zuma gara ikoko . vakomana vashande . nhamo yanga yatipedza miiri.

  41. Mugabe is safe….A euphemism for Mugabe is in safe custody!

    1. Legend of Elegance

      raiziva zvaro garwe

  42. I have never been so glad! I am glued to my TV screen alternating Aljazeera, CNN and BBC for Zim news. The battle is not our’s, it is the Lord’s. Be bold comrades!

  43. imiiii kwanai chiwenga aiziva kuti ed akudzingwa mugabe aiziva kuti chiwenga achapa press conference musataurirwe kwamusina kuswera amuona akasungwa ndiyani?hapana zvese zviri kureportwa mune proof nazvo hamuna saka mazimba ndimi mukutestwa mindset dzenyu so far plan iri in motion

    1. OK. Hapana asungwa. masoja haasi mutown. hakuna kurira pfuti. all pictures are photoshops of what happened in Libya! G40 is running the show. ZBC is still in the control of the like s of RUBEN bagwe nana Judhesi MAKWANYA. iTS ALL LIES ABOUT ARMY CONTROL.

  44. hail Chiwenga and team. Masoja edu tinodada nemi. Arrest all these criminals.
    Thank you Lord for intervening

  45. Well done our millitary commanders it nw means u arent mugabe’s wives lyk all zanu pf mps and ministers.chipanga u ah nw a used condom Gire wako aikupa manyawi akutofunga nezvake kwete zvako.u dnt just expel decorated veterans lyk mnangagwa from the party and expect to never feel the consequences aiwa hakuna nyka yakapfava zvakadaro.Gushungo vanhu havachakudai urs is no longer a first family bt a fist family.Plz hang pple lyk chipanga and mandi chimene.In God we trust!

  46. I wish such Army comes to Uganda we are also feed up of Mugabe’s son Museveni. well done Zimbabwe

  47. IF THE MILITARY ARE FOR THE PEOPLE THEN LET THE PEOPLE GO FOR ELECTIONS AND CHOSE THEIR LEADER WITHOUT RIGGING OF ELECTIONS, ANY LEADER IMPOSED BY THE MILITARY TO THE PEOPLE WILL JUST BE ANOTHER MONSTER LIKE MUGABE. AND ZIMBABWEANS WILL BE WORSE OFF!!! NOTHING TO CELEBRATE AS YET!!

    1. There is everything to celebrate! Anything, I mean anything except Mugabe is better!

  48. #@ NAKIDO RIKO- Putting someone to sleep is murder, we do not want a murderous army, we want free and fair elections, clearly the young man was doing it for his personal aggrandizement and the army has taught him a lesson, he is harmless, nothing he can do!!

    Imposing Mnangagwa will be a tragedy for Zim, same old crooks!!!

  49. Tafara tafara Army yeZim, musadzoke shure…kana utwo twatumwa naZuma musateerere. Zuma akazadza mazimbo kuLindela asi haana kana kumbotumira anyone ALL these years we have been suffering! Batai vanhu team!!!

  50. Gwasela Gayiguswi and company wanted to do this removal of Mugabe before he did more damage you called them dissidents now what do you call Chiwenga and his puppets dander heads take long to see things praising Mnangagwa islike what they used to do in 80s when they praised Mugabe and worshiped even if he was incompetent just exactly like this Munangagwa he is just evil as well

  51. It is this Munangagwa and Chiwenga who killed 20 000 pple so that Mugabe can rule forever . Now they can not say exactly what is it they have done AAh its a coup aah not a coup shows how confused are these individuals and we should not celebrate bcoz we have a bleak future change has not yet come and it will not be brought by these confused gangs .

  52. What will the army do with all the people they are reportedly arresting? Are they going to charge them, how? Anarchy??

  53. Tinotenda akomana woye, rambai makadaro.

  54. We are not talking of reinstating anyone at the expense of Mugabe. Zimbos solely reserve the right to decide the destiny of their country by vote. After the army’s pacification, we expect to give Zimbabwe a new outlook where law and order operate and all people are treated equally. A new electoral commission destined to carry out a free and fair election to be reconstituted. Zimbabwe’s lost glory (safe haven) must be restored. No more no less!

  55. The so-called “political, social and economic situation that could have ended in violent conflict..” refrain is complete bollocks; fatuous and disingenuous. In any event if you hold the Head of State hostage then that is no more than a coup. Please keep the childish explanations to the semi-literate personnel in the barracks. This is an usurpation of a (albeit unfairly) constitutionally elected government; similar to the nonsense we witnessed in 2008. There is/was no constitutional crisis, no violence or upheaval or anything at all that may warrant military involvement. The economy has been on the skids for eons without so much as a squeak from the army and honestly what could retarded army generals do to solve the economic crisis?? NOTHING. All you’re doing is using force of arms to install mnangagwa as president. Stop pretending that you’re doing this for the country.. And yes i know soldiers are moderating comments..

  56. Comment…vakanganwa kubata RITA MAKARAU

  57. I don’t care whether it is a coup or not all I want is Mugabe to go.I don’t care whether mnangagwa is good or not all I want is change of leadership. I don’t care whether he participated in gukurahundi or not all iam happy about is that they are removing Mugabe the traitor!!!

  58. So long its not G40
    That was the downfall of RGM trying to catapult Wifey to presidency!!

    1. WHAT THE ARMY HAS DONE WAS LONG OVERDUE. ITS A STEP TOWARDS THE RIGHT DIRECTION. WE GIVE CREDIT TO THE GENERAL

  59. “DO NOT MOCK THE CROCODILES UNTIL YOU HAVE CROSSED THE RIVER”

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