LIVE: Zim on the edge

4:40pm Zanu PF Harare Province youths hail General Chiwenga according to ZBC 
 

Below is full report:

“Zanu PF Harare province youths have rallied their support to the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Constantino Guvheya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga for fully expressing the values and ideals of the liberation struggle in an attempt to root out counter revolutionaries within the party.

"The youths, who held a meeting today in Harare to show solidarity with General Chiwenga, said they were concerned with the hijacking of the party by greedy elements at the expense of the majority who are wallowing in poverty.

"Former Zanu PF youth league chairman for the province Cde Godwin Gomwe said the stance by CDF Chiwenga is important in facilitating development.

"He also castigated statements by the ruling party’s Secretary for Youth Affairs Cde Kudzanai Chipanga on CDF Chiwenga.

"The youths also resolved to ensure the current efforts to stamp out power hungry and counter revolutionary elements within the party are taken as a matter of urgency."

 

2:25pm EU has called for a “peaceful resolution” to the #Zimbabwe crisis.

European Commission spokeswoman Catherine Ray said:

“It is a matter of concern for the EU. We call on all the relevant players to move from confrontation to dialogue with the aim to a peaceful resolution.

“We are following very closely what is happening on the ground, underlining that the fundamental rights for the citizens need to be respected and the constitutional order and democratic governance to be upheld.”

 

1:55pm The United Kingdom’s foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, says he wants to see stability in Zimbabwe.


“It’s very fluid and it’s hard to say exactly how this will turn out. The most important point to make is that everybody wants to see a stable and successful Zimbabwe and I think we are really appealing for everybody to refrain from violence.”

1:00pm Lunchtime news on ZBC TV sees regular presenter read out the news bulleting instead of major general Sibusiso Moyo.

The main item on the bulletin is the army’s early morning broadcast soon after their “takeover” of ZBC.

 

12:40pm South Africa President Jacob Zuma sending envoys to #Zimbabwe

“President Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as Chair of Sadc, is sending Special Envoys to Zimbabwe and Angola in light of the unfolding situation in the Republic of Zimbabwe.

"The President is sending the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans, Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and the Minister of State Security, Adv Bongani Bongo to Zimbabwe to meet with President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwean Defence Force.

"President Zuma spoke to President Robert Mugabe earlier today who indicated that he was confined to his home but said that he was fine. South Africa is also in contact with the Zimbabwean Defence Force (ZDF).

"The Special Envoys will also be sent to the Republic of Angola to see President Joao Lourenco, Chairperson of the Sadc Organ on Politics, Defence and Security to brief him on the situation.

"President Zuma has reiterated his call for calm and restraint and for the ZDF to ensure that peace and stability are not undermined in Zimbabwe.

"Sadc will continue to monitor the situation closely.”

12:25pm MDC MP Eddie Cross speaks to the BBC's Newsday programme and alleges that the move by the military is being masterminded by former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was sacked last week:

“He was chairman of the Joint Operations Command, which is a military structure here that's been in existence since independence.

“Nothing like this could have happened without him. He's a brilliant operator and organiser.

“I think very shortly we will hear that Mr Mugabe has retired from political life and he's appointed Emmerson Mnangagwa as his successor."

12:15pm: Zanu PF's UK representative Nick Mangwana talks to the BBC’s Newsday programme:


Mangwana says that Mugabe is still in charge - but the ruling party, which has been divided over who should succeed the 93-year-old leader, was being "realigned" as a result of the army's action:

 11:56am: China says General Chiwenga’s visit to Beijing last week was normal and is not in any way connected to today’s events in Harare: 

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the Defence Ministry had already released information about his trip and that he didn’t have an understanding about the specifics of his reception in China.

“I can only tell you that his visit to China this time was a normal military exchange mutually agreed upon by China and Zimbabwe,” Geng said, referring other questions to the Defence Ministry, which has yet to respond to a request for comment.

“As a country that is friendly with Zimbabwe, we are paying close attention to developments of the situation in Zimbabwe,” Geng added.

“Maintaining peaceful and stable development accords with the fundamental interests of Zimbabwe and regional countries, and is the common desire of the international community. We hope the relevant parties in Zimbabwe appropriately handle their internal matters.”

11:10am President Jacob Zuma has released the following statement on the ongoing political situation in Zimbabwe:

"President Jacob Zuma, on behalf of the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), has called for calm and restraint and has expressed hope that developments in Zimbabwe would not lead to unconstitutional changes of government as that would be contrary to both Sadc and African Union positions.

The president has urged the government of Zimbabwe and the Zimbabwe Defence Force (ZDF) to resolve the political impasse amicably and has urged the ZDF to ensure that the maintenance of peace and security in the country is not compromised.

Sadc will continue to closely monitor the situation and remains ready to assist where necessary to resolve the political impasse in keeping with established Sadc protocols and processes."

10:52am UK Embassy in Harare warns British nationals to stay of the streets

"Due to the uncertain situation in Harare, incl. reports of unusual military activity, we advise British nationals in the city to stay safely at home/indoors until the situation becomes clearer. Monitor this account for updates."

 09:19am US Embassy in Harare closed from public

“Due to ongoing uncertainty in Zimbabwe, the U.S. Embassy in Harare will be minimally staffed and closed to the public on November 15.  Embassy personnel will continue to monitor the situation closely. @StateDept”

Key points

Soldiers patrol streets of Harare

Military 'takes over ZBC'

Army says President Mugabe is "safe and security is guaranteed"

Military action comes after rift between Mugabe and army commander Chiwenga

5 hours ago: Army takes control

After securing control of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) , military spokesman, Major General SB Moyo made a televised announcement early this morning saying President Robert Mugabe and his family were “safe and sound and their security is guaranteed”.

He said the army was targeting “criminals around” Mugabe, who were “committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in order to bring them to justice”.

Insisting this was not a military takeover, Moyo said “as soon as they are done the situation will come to normalcy”.

“We urge you to remain calm and limit unnecessary movement. However, we encourage those who are employed and those with essential business in the city to continue their normal activities as usual,” he said.

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Comments (15)

spear chucking tw@t

bob - 15 November 2017

batai mangudya futi! ndiye mumwe iyeye!

SaManyika Chaiye - 15 November 2017

Eddie Cross , Mnangagwa worshipper and BYO sellout at it again. THE BRITISH HAVE CAUSED ALL THESE PROBLEMS , Chiwenga and Mnangagwa's loot is stashed in their isles.

Matidzingirei Matiza - 15 November 2017

Grace kana ava kuenda please ngaasiye Mazowe dam redu.

chimuti - 15 November 2017

batai chiyangwa futi!

SaManyika Chaiye - 15 November 2017

I told you that on almost everyday basis that we are not here to play. Hezvo. Again..we are busy playing that song from Zex Manatsa...Zvinyu kuzambire zuva kuona mwena..The Robbers and Muggers are not out ....See...we are now in charge....Team Lacoste....hiding......targeting that useless and uneducated embicile,,,,,,Chipanaga..Watch this space.....Muchama muzita raJesu.....

Clemence Tashaya - 15 November 2017

This is really poor Mr Editor. You are cutting and pasting from the BBC website

dick mboko - 15 November 2017

Mr. Zuma you talking about unconstitutional removal of government now you forget what happened in 2008 when the people's choices were at the mercy of Zanu PF. We cant talk about constitutionality in Zimbabwe we never had such a thing.

Jabu - 15 November 2017

Change from within the system is better because the opposition has failed. G 40 is dead and Team Lacoste is back to business. We used to tell you kuti........we are watching you from the terraces......the boys are back in town now..Thiny Lizzy and busy singing Zex Manatsa old hit titled, Dzvinyu kuzanbira zuva kuona mwena" Hezvo vasungwa and vamwe vatiza...next is this Malawian his cousin....Zhuwao......l am hunting him and l will catch him by the end of the day. To those media propagandist for the G 40, we are going the Rwandam way of hunting even the Journalist who were propagating against the Team Lacoste. We are many and we shall never be down and under. I used to tell you that the Robbers and Muggers have no time in Zim and hence the day. I am throwing a party today at my house and you are invited as long as you are Team Lacoste.......Handei tinone....the Kind Pins are locked and we shall charge ne treason. The law is an asshole..........Come join with a toast of a wine here guys. Nyika yese irikufara. The change we were wailing and yelling for is here now,. Viva Croc and down with G 40. We told you kuti murikutamba boys dze G 40. Varidzvi venyika ndisu.......

Clemence Tashaya - 15 November 2017

ALL the hope is there all peace -loving zimbabweans,i urge you never loose hope at this stage of the unfolding drama i our cry to the God of he sorry state of our beloved country,zimbabwe.Rmember, earlier on i posted in various newspapers, about four visions ,i was made to experience from beginning of last year concerning what was to take pace in zimbabwe politicaly.All is manifesting accordingly.I will be posting them in minute detail shortly.In the visions,God is personally orchestrating the moves leading to peace in zimbabwe when He let me experience His CONCERN about the rate at which His people are dyeing and the amount of suffering.Iam NOT AT ALL TRYING TO MANUFACTURE ANYTHING HERE OUT OF NOTHING FOR ANY GAIN,But to continue to encourage and offer hope to everyone -the hopeless and the hopeful and faithful ones.God showed me what the Spiritual ,HEAVENLY REALM HAS ALREADY SET UP and already causing a positive ,corresponding shift in the physical realm-earth.Lets understand whats taking place.and yet to unfold in Zimbabwe its not JUST physical but Spiritually -inspired to ensure peace ,development and worship of GOD.The final end to these unfolding events.is i saw in the vision,a new era of a quite happy people of zinbabwe.Lets not just sit and do nothing,lets continue with our CULTURE of praying and worship GOD.LETS EMBRACE AND PARTNER HIM IN HIS EFFORTS,HE NEEDS US TO DO THAT.UNITY OF FAITH AND PURPOSE IS ALSO QUITE CRUCIAL AND CRITICAL . NOW AND FOREVER. Denounce VIOLENCE in any form .you will only help in perpetuating,galvanizing.the current state of oppression in zimbabwe

james gumbo - 15 November 2017

ALL the hope is there all peace -loving zimbabweans,i urge you never loose hope at this stage of the unfolding drama i our cry to the God of he sorry state of our beloved country,zimbabwe.Rmember, earlier on i posted in various newspapers, about four visions ,i was made to experience from beginning of last year concerning what was to take pace in zimbabwe politicaly.All is manifesting accordingly.I will be posting them in minute detail shortly.In the visions,God is personally orchestrating the moves leading to peace in zimbabwe when He let me experience His CONCERN about the rate at which His people are dyeing and the amount of suffering.Iam NOT AT ALL TRYING TO MANUFACTURE ANYTHING HERE OUT OF NOTHING FOR ANY GAIN,But to continue to encourage and offer hope to everyone -the hopeless and the hopeful and faithful ones.God showed me what the Spiritual ,HEAVENLY REALM HAS ALREADY SET UP and already causing a positive ,corresponding shift in the physical realm-earth.Lets understand whats taking place.and yet to unfold in Zimbabwe its not JUST physical but Spiritually -inspired to ensure peace ,development and worship of GOD.The final end to these unfolding events.is i saw in the vision,a new era of a quite happy people of zinbabwe.Lets not just sit and do nothing,lets continue with our CULTURE of praying and worship GOD.LETS EMBRACE AND PARTNER HIM IN HIS EFFORTS,HE NEEDS US TO DO THAT.UNITY OF FAITH AND PURPOSE IS ALSO QUITE CRUCIAL AND CRITICAL . NOW AND FOREVER. Denounce VIOLENCE in any form .you will only help in perpetuating,galvanizing.the current state of oppression in zimbabwe Like i said before a woman is going to be quite POWERFUL IN PRE/POST ELECTION PERIODS.This woman,I was shown already,but i wont say it now for obvious reasons.

james gumbo - 15 November 2017

LET COMMON SENSE PREVAIL. SO FAR OUR ARMY HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT IT IS DISCIPLINED. NO UNWARRANTED BLOODSHED. LET GOD BE PLEASED WITH THE GOOD YOU STAND FOR AND BE DISPLEASED WITH THE EVIL YOU COULD DO. GOD BLESS ZIMBABWE

Thomas Mhuriro - 15 November 2017

LET COMMON SENSE PREVAIL. SO FAR OUR ARMY HAS DEMONSTRATED THAT IT IS DISCIPLINED. NO UNWARRANTED BLOODSHED. LET GOD BE PLEASED WITH THE GOOD YOU STAND FOR AND BE DISPLEASED WITH THE EVIL YOU COULD DO. GOD BLESS ZIMBABWE

Thomas Mhuriro - 15 November 2017

gods time is the best- mbavha ngadzisungwe

musoni - 15 November 2017

Hanzi nevamve "... heee SADC iripi yatiregerera." where was SADC in 2008 & 2013 when we needed it the most??? SADC please be warned that this is a Zimbabwean problem/situation requiring a Zimbabwean solution by Zimbabweans. Major General Sibusiso warned in his speech that "... any provocation will be responded to with appropriate action..." So please leave Zimbabwe alone, and for your info Zim has the most sophisticated military and artillery in the whole of Southern Africa, if not the whole of Africa, so don't dare!!! Please don't provoke our military as their operation has been peaceful thus far with the intention of emancipating us Zimbabweans from the treacherous Mugabe regime. Don't ever fool yourself that you can disarm the Zim military through the use of force, Zim is LOADED!!!!!!!

john - 16 November 2017

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