Zim army appeals for restraint, says its targeting 'criminals' around Mugabe

There is still uncertainty over an apparent coup in Zimbabwe as soldiers deployed across the capital Harare seized the state broadcaster on Wednesday.

An army spokesperson, Brigadier-General Sibusiso Moyo on Wednesday morning addressed Zimbabweans. He has assured citizens that President Robert Mugabe and his family are safe and the government remains intact.

He has also called for restraint.

Speculation about the country's fate was prompted by images of armoured vehicles driving towards the capital on Tuesday amid tensions within the ruling Zanu-PF.

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Moyo said: "We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country to bring them to justice. As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect the the situation will return to normalcy."

Tawanda Moyo, is a political commentator based in Zimbabwe.

He says President Mugabe only has himself to blame for the situation he finds himself in today.

“I think the army is now trying to say we don’t agree with the sacking of those allied to us, so we’re going to step in. It has come to haunt him now.”

LISTEN: Zimbabwe military address (FULL)

There are unconfirmed reports of the arrest of cabinet ministers.

Meanwhile in Bulawayo, freelance journalist Zenzele Ndebele says the city is relatively quiet.

He has confirmed, however, the state broadcaster has been taken over.

The radio stations playing mostly revolutionary music, an indication that truly something has changed and someone is in charge.

Zenzele Ndebele, freelance journalist

These are the people who are sympathetic to the fired vice president, however their thinking is that it is not Robert Mugabe who is doing this, he is being influenced by people around him, this includes his wife Grace Mugabe, the minister of finance, Jonathan Moyo...

Zenzele Ndebele, freelance journalist

Meanwhile the spokesperson for the Department of International Relations in South Africa, Clayson Monyela says they have been briefed on developments in the neighboring country and that the department will be monitoring the situation.

There are regular briefings that we are getting,there are visitors from that country in South Africa as we speak who I am not at liberty to name, to come and brief my political principles on the developments there. Based on those briefings we will then decide what is the next best way forward.

Clayson Monyela, spokesperson for the department of international relations

We always believe political challenges should be resolved through dialogue.

Clayson Monyela, spokesperson for the department of international relations

Click on the link below to listen to the full audio to hear more on these developments....


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