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Zimbabwe crisis: Army spokesman addresses nation, says Robert Mugabe is ‘safe’ [video]

The army say they are targeting “criminals” around Mugabe.

zimbabwe coup

Zimbabwe is in tenterhooks after the military has seized control of much of the country’s capital, including the state broadcaster.

On Tuesday, tensions were high after APCs (armour personnel carriers) were spotted rolling into town, just a day after the country’s army chief demanded a “stop” to the purge in President Robert Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF following the sacking of vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Zimbabwe army spokesman Maj Gen SB Moyo addressed the nation after taking control of the state broadcaster.

Moyo said President Mugabe was ‘safe and sound’ and the army was only targeting ‘criminals’ around him. He insisted this was not a military takeover of the country but a move to avoid violent conflict.

Reuters reported that in the hours before army spokesman Major General SB Moyo took to the state broadcaster to deliver the message, gunshots and explosions were heard in the streets of Harare. Some were heard close to the presidential residence in the north of the city:

Watch Moyo’s address below