I think we are going to witness a coup d'état in slow motion - Zim journalist

Senior journalist at Alpha Media Holdings, Paidomoyo Muzulu says the military head in Zimbabwe, Major-General Sibusiso Moyo has made a statement on national TV on that the military will be moving in Harare to protect the country from the bad elements in Mugabe's government.

They said that Mugabe has been surrounded by criminal elements and they've moved in to take care of that.

Paidomoyo Muzulu, Senior journalist at Alpha Media Holdings

By criminal elements, Muzulu says they could be referring to the so-called ‘G40’ faction of the ruling Zanu-PF party, led by Mugabe’s wife Grace.

The military has confirmed that the Mugabe's family is safe in their private home. The number of soldiers manning Mugabe's residence has increased.

Muzulu says they haven't heard from government since Tuesday night but the military has been making public announcements.

He says there are reports that some of the senior members of the G40 faction have been taken in by the military but these reports are yet to be verified.

Read: No clarity on claims of Zimbabwe coup

I think we are going to witness a coup d'état in slow motion where the military is going to take effective control.

Paidomoyo Muzulu, Senior journalist at Alpha Media Holdings

Human Rights Lawyer, Douglas Coltart says the latest developments in Zimbabwe are concerning. He says he would like to see the constitution of the country being complied with but instead it is constantly violated.

Judging from what is being said on social media, there are some people who are supporting what is going on. It comes from a level of frustration among the people...

Douglas Coltart, Human Rights Lawyer in Zimbabwe

It is true that Zimbabwe has had a very problematic political environment for a very long time. There is certainly a need for a shake up but whether it should be done by military intervention is not something that I can vouch for

Douglas Coltart, Human Rights Lawyer in Zimbabwe

EWN Africa correspondent Jean-Jacques Cornish says if it smells and walks like a coup it is probably a coup. He says the reason everyone is saying it is not a coup is probable to avoid any intervention from the African Union.

The African Union will certainly red card anything that is unconstitutional.

Jean-Jacques Cornish, EWN Africa correspondent

According to Cornish, the military have arrested Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo who is believed to be very close to Grace Mugabe. He says they've separated grace and Robert Mugabe to prevent them from fleeing the country as well as defuelling the presidential plane.

Read also: Is this a coup? Tanks seen making their way to Harare...

They've have separated the family, so this is it ... the situation could get very violent.

Jean-Jacques Cornish, EWN Africa correspondent

The British and American government have told their citizens in Zimbabwe to remain indoors.

Jean-Jacques Cornish, EWN Africa correspondent

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