The arrest this morning of Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo, who is also the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front secretary for administration, was no easy pushover as evidenced by a picture of his kitchen which appeared in the South African media this evening.
A British Member of Parliament Kate Hoey today urged Britain not to welcome the new government in Zimbabwe especially if it is led by former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa because that would be tantamount to replacing on dictator with another.
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.