15 November 2017
By Ikenna Amadi
Zimbabwe’s military have stated that there are no coup plot to take over Robert Mugabe’s government, while also stating that they are targeting criminals and the current government was safe.
This was revealed in a statement by the military after taking over the national broadcaster, ZBC, BBC reports.
Heavy gunfire and artillery were heard in northern suburbs of the capital, Harare, early on Wednesday.
The statement read out by Maj Gen Sibusiso Moyo came hours after soldiers took over the headquarters of ZBC.
He said: “We wish to assure the nation that his Excellency the president… 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. As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”
The statement did not include names of those targeted but a government source quoted by Reuters said Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo was among those detained.
It is still not clear who is leading the military action and all fingers remain crossed as this saga in Zimbabwe continues.