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    Explosions rock Zimbabwe capital, soldiers seize state broadcaster as coup talk intensifies

    Soldiers deployed across the Zimbabwe capital Harare and seized the state broadcaster on Wednesday after 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party accused the head of the military of treason, prompting frenzied speculation of a coup.

    Just 24 hours after military chief General Constantino Chiwenga threatened to intervene to end a purge of his allies in Mugabe's ZANU-PF, a Reuters reporter saw armored personnel carriers on main roads around the capital.

    Aggressive soldiers told passing cars to keep moving through the darkness. "Don't try anything funny. Just go," one barked at Reuters on Harare Drive.

    Two hours later, soldiers overran the headquarters of the ZBC, Zimbabwe's state broadcaster and a principal Mugabe mouthpiece, and ordered staff to leave. Several ZBC workers were
    manhandled, two members of staff and a human rights activist said.

    Shortly afterwards, three explosions rocked the center of the southern African nation's capital, Reuters witnesses said.

    Despite the troops stationed at locations across Harare, there was no word from the military as to the fate of Mugabe, Zimbabwe's leader of the last 37 years and the self-styled 'Grand Old Man' of African politics.

    In contrast to his elevated status on the continent, Mugabe is reviled in the West as a despot whose disastrous handling of the economy and willingness to resort to violence to maintain power destroyed one of Africa's most promising states.

    In the only official word from the government, Isaac Moyo, Zimbabwe's ambassador to neighboring South Africa, earlier dismissed talk of a coup, saying the government was "intact" and blaming social media for spreading false information.

    "There's nothing really happening. They are just social media claims," Moyo told Reuters.

    The United States and Britain advised their citizens in Harare to stay indoors because of "political uncertainty."

    "U.S. citizens in Zimbabwe are encouraged to shelter in place until further notice," the U.S. statement said.

    The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office statement told "nationals currently in Harare to remain safely at home or in their accommodation until the situation becomes clearer."

    The Southern African nation has been on edge since Monday when Chiwenga, Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, said he was prepared to "step in" to end a purge of supporters of sacked vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

    Only a few months ago, Mnangagwa, a former security chief nicknamed "The Crocodile", was favorite to succeed his life-long political patron but was ousted a week ago to pave the way for Mugabe's 52-year-old wife Grace to succeed him.

    'Politics over the gun'

    Chiwenga's unprecedented statement represented a major escalation of the struggle to succeed Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe has known since it gained independence from Britain in 1980.

    Mugabe chaired a weekly cabinet meeting in the capital on Tuesday, officials said, and afterwards ZANU-PF said it stood by the "primacy of politics over the gun" and accused Chiwenga of "treasonable conduct ... meant to incite insurrection."

    The previous day, Chiwenga had made clear the army's refusal to accept the removal of Mnangagwa — like the generals a veteran of Zimbabwe's anti-colonial liberation war — and the presumed accession of Grace, once a secretary in the government typing pool.

    Local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere, a leading figure in her relatively youthful 'G40' faction, refused to answer Reuters questions about the situation in Harare. "I'm in a meeting," he said, before hanging up shortly before midnight.

    Army, police and government spokesmen refused to answer numerous phone calls asking for comment.

    'Defending our revolution'

    Neither Mugabe nor Grace have responded in public to Chiwenga's remarks and state media did not publish his statement. The Herald newspaper posted some of the comments on its Twitter page but deleted them.

    The head of ZANU-PF's youth wing, which openly backs Grace, accused the army chief of subverting the constitution.

    "Defending the revolution and our leader and president is an ideal we live for and if need be it is a principle we are prepared to die for," Youth League leader Kudzai Chipanga said at the party's headquarters in Harare.

    Grace Mugabe's rise has brought her into conflict with the independence-era war veterans, who enjoyed privileged status in Zimbabwe until the last two years when they spearheaded criticism of Mugabe's handling of the economy.

    In the last year, a chronic absence of dollars has led to long queues outside banks and an economic and financial collapse that many fear will rival the meltdown of 2007-2008, when
    inflation topped out at 500 billion percent.

    Imported goods are running out and economists say that, by some measures, inflation is now at 50 percent a month.

    According to a trove of intelligence documents reviewed by Reuters this year, Mnangagwa has been planning to revitalise the economy by bringing back thousands of white farmers kicked off
    their land nearly two decades ago and patching up relations with the likes of the World Bank and IMF.

    Whatever the outcome, analysts said the military would want to present their move as something other than a full-blown coup to avoid criticism from an Africa keen to leave behind the Cold War continental stereotype of generals being the final arbiters of political power.

    "A military coup is the nuclear option," said Alex Magaisa, a UK-based Zimbabwean academic. "A coup would be a very hard sell at home and in the international community. They will want to avoid that."

    https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/14/expl...tensifies.html

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    Unclear situation


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    Something has been brewing in Zimbabwe for some time.

    - There's been a major power struggle within the ruling ZANU-PF as Robert Mugabe's wife Grace touted to take over. She has what's called the G40 faction within the party pushing for her accession but her lavish lifestyle has made her deeply unpopular in an impoverished country. Recently she assaulted a model in a South African hotel but claimed diplomatic immunity.

    - Emmerson Mnangagwa was the vice-president and a long time Mugabe associate. Unlike Grace who only recently was a typist in Robert Mugabe's office, Mnangagwa had fought in the Bush War so is popular amongst the security establishment.

    He was removed by Mugabe recently but don't feel any sympathy for him - he was Mugabe's security chief for years and was complicit in the brutality of his regime.

    - The security establishment, and the Zimbabwe War Veterans Association, oppose Grace's bid for the leadership. In an unprecedented move last week, the veterans spoke out against Robert Mugabe.

    This seems like Mnangagwa's supporters in the security agencies striking back at Mugabe. For the first time in 37 years, Mugabe's grip on power is seriously challenged.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Something has been brewing in Zimbabwe for some time.

    - There's been a major power struggle within the ruling ZANU-PF as Robert Mugabe's wife Grace touted to take over. She has what's called the G40 faction within the party pushing for her accession but her lavish lifestyle has made her deeply unpopular in an impoverished country. Recently she assaulted a model in a South African hotel but claimed diplomatic immunity.

    - Emmerson Mnangagwa was the vice-president and a long time Mugabe associate. Unlike Grace who only recently was a typist in Robert Mugabe's office, Mnangagwa had fought in the Bush War so is popular amongst the security establishment.

    He was removed by Mugabe recently but don't feel any sympathy for him - he was Mugabe's security chief for years and was complicit in the brutality of his regime.

    - The security establishment, and the Zimbabwe War Veterans Association, oppose Grace's bid for the leadership. In an unprecedented move last week, the veterans spoke out against Robert Mugabe.

    This seems like Mnangagwa's supporters in the security agencies striking back at Mugabe. For the first time in 37 years, Mugabe's grip on power is seriously challenged.
    What took these blokes so long Unreal that Mugabe is still somewhat swinging bombs off the ropes 95 years young! Evil people die hard


    Ah, so this is what it feels like

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    Zimbabwe's military has seized state TV and blocked off access to government offices in the capital Harare.

    In a televised address early on Wednesday morning, military spokesperson, Major General SB Moyo, said the army was seeking to "pacify a degenerating, social, and economic situation" in the country.

    Moyo denied that the army was carrying out a coup against President Robert Mugabe's government and said the leader and his family were "safe and sound and their safety is guaranteed".

    "We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country, in order to bring them to justice" he said, as tanks surrounded parliamentary and presidential buildings.

    The army spokesperson said that once the military's objectives have been achieved, the situation in the country would return to normal, before urging Zimbabweans to continue with their lives as usual.

    Moyo also called on political parties to "discourage" their members from turning to violence.

    "To the youth, we call upon you to realise that the future of the country is yours, do not be enticed by the dirty coins of silver, be disciplined and remain committed to the ethos and values of this great nation."

    Overnight, the Zimbabwean newspaper The Herald, which leans towards Mugabe, ran with the headline: "Zanu-PF unfazed by Chiwenga", referring to the army general leading the takeover.

    On November 14 Zanu-PF accused the army chief of "treasonable conduct" after he challenged Mugabe over the sacking of the vice president.

    Al Jazeera's Haru Mutasa, reporting from Harare, said that while Mugabe has long ruled the southern African state, there was precedent for his removal from within the party's history.

    "This maybe history repeating itself, back in the Liberation war (1964-1979), Zanu PF was led by a Mr (Ndabaningi) Sithole," she said, referring to the founder of Zimbabwe's ruling party.

    "The military wing of the party back then got to a stage where they thought that he was treating the party as his own personal property and they removed him and it seems that's what they've done to Mugabe today."

    http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/1...051459998.html

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    Robert Mugabe is under house arrest.

    I don't think the army wants to humiliate him. They'll probably allow him to step down with some semblance of dignity, with Mnangagwa to be ZANU-PF's candidate in the 2018 elections.

    Probably the end of whatever political aspirations Gucci Grace had.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Markhor View Post
    Robert Mugabe is under house arrest.

    I don't think the army wants to humiliate him. They'll probably allow him to step down with some semblance of dignity, with Mnangagwa to be ZANU-PF's candidate in the 2018 elections.

    Probably the end of whatever political aspirations Gucci Grace had.
    The inevitable.


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    Will the White Farmers get their land back if Mugabe is shown the exit door?

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    As is the case with these sort of Coups, one set of crooks will be replaced by another.

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    Quote Originally Posted by troodon View Post
    Will the White Farmers get their land back if Mugabe is shown the exit door?
    Good question. This coup has taken place at the behest of the former VP Emmerson Mnangagwa who Mugabe sacked triggering this crisis. He is apparently is ready to reconciliate with the white farmers hence the lack of condemnation from UK/Western powers.

    According to leaked documents and sources from Zimbabwe’s Central Intelligence Organization, Mnangagwa plans a unity government with the opposition and the white farmers would be compensated and reintegrated to revive the agricultural sector.

    For more info: https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-zi...-idUKKCN1BG18M

    Mugabe's party ZANU-PF have been deeply divided over the succession but it looks like Mnangagwa has won this game of thrones.

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    Mugabe is painted a devil for his confiscation of farms owned by whites and he is painted as a symbol of socialism...

    However, in a 3rd world capitalism, farms belonging to natives would be confiscated by multinationals with peanuts paid, and no one would bat an eyelid

    It looks like as long as govt enforces something it is bad

    But when large corporations do the same, it is just "business"

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    Quote Originally Posted by troodon View Post
    Will the White Farmers get their land back if Mugabe is shown the exit door?
    Doubt it. In Mugabe’s shoes I would have nationalised the land and given the white farmers well-paid consultancy jobs. Then their expertise would not have been lost and the economy might not have collapsed.

    The military are in a tricky situation as Mugabe is still regarded as a revolutionary hero in Zimbabwe and some neighbouring states.

    Interesting that Sir Nicholas Soames went to see him recently. Sir Nick’s father and old Robert were good mates, I believe.

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