Robert Mugabe is safe but we are moving in to get criminals - says Zimbabwe military following fears of a coup

Robert Mugabe is safe but we are moving in to get criminals - says Zimbabwe military following fears of a coup

- Zimbabwe military says HE President Robert Mugabe is safe

-The military has also clarified that they were only targeting criminals

-Announcement was made on state broadcast following fears of a military coup

Zimbabwe military on Wednesday morning announced that HE President Robert Mugabe and family were safe following fears of a coup.

The military has also assured the country of President Mugabe's security and urged people to remain calm amid intensified military activities in central Harare. According to Zimbabwe's military spokesman, Maj Gen SB Moyo, the army was only targeting criminal elements around Mugabe.

"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,” he said.

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Robert Mugabe is safe but we are moving in to get criminals - says Zimbabwe military following fears of a military coup

Armed Zimbabwean soldiers sit on top of a tank in Harare. The military has denied a coup is taking place. Photograph: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi/AP

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The military had earlier taken control of the country’s state broadcaster. However, Moyo has clarified that this is not a military takeover.

“As soon as we are done, the situation will come to normalcy,” he says.

Meanwhile, Zimbabwe's Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo, who is also a leading member of the ‘G40’ faction of the ruling ZANU-PF party, is reportedly being detained by the military.

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Zimbabwe army denies coup against Mugabe as it takes control of Harare – live

Source: Yen.com.gh

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