Robert Mugabe has been dethroned from his position as the Zimbabwean president in the early hours of Wednesday. The Zimbabwe’s military who took over control of the country on wednesday said that they have not staged a coup yet and that President Robert Mugabe is safe.
According to reports, the generals used state television on Tuesday night to vow to target “criminals” close to Mugabe.
Mugabe’s decades-long grip on power was dramatically weakened as military vehicles blocked roads outside the parliament in Harare and senior soldiers delivered a late-night television address to the nation.
“We wish to assure the nation that his excellency the president… and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed,” Major General Sibusiso Moyo said, slowly reading out a statement.
“We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes… As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”
Moyo said “this is not a military takeover of government”.
But the generals’ actions posed a major challenge to the ageing Mugabe, 93, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence from Britain in 1980.