- Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has been detained, his party ZANU-PF announced on Wednesday, November 15
- The party and the army chief said there was no coup but a bloodless transition of power
- Former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared the new ZANU-PF leader, formerly held by Mugabe
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has been ousted and his former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa installed as the leader of ZANU PF, the party announced on Wednesday, November 15.
Sources intimated to TUKO.co.ke that Mnangagwa landed at Manyame Airforce Base Wednesday morning to take over power.
According to reports by the BBC, the military denied it had taken over government and assured that Mugabe and his family were safe.
"We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes... that are causing social and economic suffering in the country. As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy," said military chief Sibusiso Moyo in a televised address.
The ruling party, Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU PF) announced that Mnangagwa had been made the interim president.
It said in a seeries if Twitter posts that Mugabe had been detained and that together with his wife Grace, he does not own own the party and the country.
Through Mnangagwa's leadership, ZANU-PF said a better Zimbabwe would be delivered.
Both the army and the party denied there had been a coup saying it was only a bloodless transition of power which saw "corrupt and crooked persons being arrested and an elderly man who had been taken advantage of by his wife being detained."
Armoured military tanks and armed soldiers were seen patrolling the capital with the State broadcaster being under the control of the military.
National Resistance Movement rally at Jacaranda-on TUKO TV