Friday 24th Nov 2017

corriere.it -

Lo Zimbabwe è sull’orlo del caos: nella notte di martedì nella capitale Harare sono state udite diverse esplosioni, tank e soldati sono schierati in strada e secondo le fonti locali avrebbero preso il controllo della rete tv Zbc. Lunedì, il capo dell’Esercito Constantino Chiwenga (foto) aveva intimato indirettamente al presidente Robert Mugabe di fermare l’epurazione che ha portato alla fuga del vicepresidente, potenziale successore dell’ultranovantenne capo di Stato. I militari, nonostante l’allarme che corre sui social, hanno smentito che sia in corso un golpe. Intanto Stati Uniti e Gran Bretagna hanno disposto per un giorno la chiusura delle ambasciate invitando i propri cittadini alla massima prudenza.

Zimbabwe army says 'this is not a takeover' and Mugabe 'safe'

News24 -

Reports indicate that soldiers have taken over Zimbabwe's ZBC state broadcaster, compounding speculation of a coup against President Robert Mugabe.

AFP reports: Zimbabwe military officers read an address live on state TV in the early hours of Wednesday, saying they were not launching a coup but were "targeting criminals around" President Robert Mugabe.

"It is not a military takeover of government," said one general reading a statement.

"We wish to assure the nation that his excellency the president... and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed."

"We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes... As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy."

At least three explosions were heard in Zimbabwe's capital early on Wednesday and military vehicles were seen in the streets after the army commander threatened to "step in" to calm political tensions over 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe's possible successor.

The ruling party accused the commander of "treasonable conduct."