At a church meeting last week in Harare, Zimbabwe's verdant capital city, Grace Mugabe, 52, made a request of her nonagenarian husband Robert, who has run the country for the past 37 years.
Zimbabweans awoke this morning to flurries of confused reports, leading some to ask, “Did I go to sleep and miss the revolution?” Tanks and armoured vehicles were seen last night by our reporters and on social media, as they started to converge on the capital.
Zimbabwe’s military said it had seized power in a targeted assault on “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe who were causing social and economic suffering, but gave assurances the 93-year-old leader and his family were “safe and sound”.
South African President Jacob Zuma, current chair of the Southern African Development Community, says he spoke to President Robert Mugabe this morning and he indicated that he was fine but confined to his home.
Former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa says he is back in the country and will be quite busy over the next few days, according to the twitter handle in his name.
The Zimbabwe Defence Forces in a statement issued through the national broadcaster this morning said it had not taken over the government but had merely stepped in to restore order.