June 25, 2018

What you need to know about the crisis in Zimbabwe (Huffingtonpost)

What you need to know about the crisis in Zimbabwe (Huffingtonpost)

Zimbabweans who tuned into their state television channel in the early hours of Wednesday found that an army general, clad in military camouflage, had replaced their usual programming.

Meanwhile, tanks surrounded government buildings on the streets of the country’s capital, Harare, and Zimbabwe’s long-ruling president, Robert Mugabe, was nowhere to be seen.

Despite the army’s show of force and apparent takeover of state television, military officials have so far denied they are attempting to depose Mugabe. On state television, army spokesman Maj. Gen. SB Moyo said, “We wish to make this abundantly clear: This is not a military takeover of government.”

 Instead, the army claims that it has temporarily seized control in order to remove “criminals” surrounding Mugabe and “pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation.” Read more

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