STAFF WRITER 15 November 2017
HARARE – Zimbabwe’s military has announced the takeover of government
targeting criminals but assuring the nation that President Robert Mugabe
and his family are safe.
Announcing the takeover of government early in the morning in full
military gear, major general Sibusiso Moyo said they are “only targeting
criminals” in government.
“Firstly, we wish to assure the nation that His Excellency, the President,
of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Head of State and Government and Commander in
Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Cde R.G Mugabe and his family are
safe and sound and their security is guaranteed. We are only targeting
criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and
economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice,” said
According to the army, a series of events that started in 2015 has
resulted in an economic stagnation and no development due to the
infighting in Zanu PF, which army general Constantino Chiwenga said was
being caused by “counter revolutionaries”.
“As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation
will return to normalcy” Moyo said.
Moyo further said “to both our people and the world beyond our borders: We
wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover of
Government. What the Zimbabwe Defence Forces is doing is to pacify a
degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country which
if not addressed may result in violent conflict”.
He added that the “the generality of the people of Zimbabwe” must “remain
calm and limit unnecessary movement” but the army those who are going to
work and “with essential business in the city to continue their normal
activities as usual. Our wish is that you enjoy your rights and freedoms
and that we return our country to a dispensation that allows for
investment, development and prosperity that we all fought for and for
which many of our citizens paid the supreme sacrifice”.