The political turmoil unfolding in Zimbabwe has been described as 'a coup that’s not really a coup'.
In an interview with the Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, 702 host Stephen Grootes takes a look at the nature of the minister's visit to Zimbabwe and her observations.
Mapisa-Nqakula says that the meeting was an attempt to assess the environment in Zimbabwe and make sense of the three claims that were being made:
- The first claim was around President Mugabe’s house arrest
- The second claim was about the army’s involvement and control of the public broadcasters
- The third claim was around reports of Zimbabwean ministers being killed or arrested
We did not visit Zimbabwe to engage with the government of Zimbabwe because we are from South Africa. We did that because our President is currently the chair of SADC. So we went there on behalf of SADC.— Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans
We engaged in an effort to understand what was happening, says Mapisa-Nqakula. She goes on to highlight that President Mugabe expects the people of Zimbabwe to raise their concerns and challenges with him personally, so they can find a solution.
According to President Mugabe, he’s happy.— Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans
At the meeting we had with the President, the army announced that they had no intention of overthrowing the government as their main problem lies with the way the Government is being run, she adds.
He did say that he realises that there must be a problem, because the manner in which the army has conducted themselves in the past 24 – 48 hours, at that time, it pointed to the fact that there is a problem and hopefully the army would have the courage to then raise these issues at the meeting.— Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans
Mapisa-Nqakula says that the situation in Zimbabwe is very confusing because she is not sure if it’s a coup.
When we were there, everything was going on in the streets, people were going to got work, it was quiet, there were no problems. President Mugabe had been able to drive around.— Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans
It doesn’t look like President Mugabe is in charge says Mapisa-Nqakula, but we need to be cognisant of the fact that Zimbabweans are a proud nation that believe in their ability to resolve their own problems.
To hear more on the Ministers view, click on the audio below...
This article first appeared on 702 : [LISTEN] Mugabe tells Minister Mapisa-Nqakulu 'he is happy'