The Political turmoil in Zimbabwe is starting to raise question on whether or not the 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe is still in control of the country. Rumors have been flying around that he has been overthrown by a military coup. This is indeed unusual considering that the leader has been quite firm on his leadership which spans about four decades.
Soldiers were spotted patrolling the streets which was a cause for alarm to many. However, the military spokesman came forward to ease the tension by dismissing the claims that the country was in grip of a coup. He proceeded to say that Mugabe and his family were safe and the citizens did not need to worry about a thing.
Maj. Gen. S.B. Moyo opined, “To both our people and the world beyond our borders, we wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover of government. What the Zimbabwe Defense Forces is doing is to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country.”
He went ahead to call upon the general public to stay calm and by all means possible limit unnecessary movement as they try to resolve matters amicably.
A number of eyewitnesses that were interviewed outlined that they had seen about 100 troops moving about in the streets of downtown Harare. The recent times have witnessed political tensions escalate in the country and some people have been attributing that to Mugabe’s sacking of Emmerson Mnangagwa who was his deputy Vice President. He is believed to have been quite powerful.
The military is dismissing all claims pointing to their efforts as a military coup but that is unbelievable to the citizens who observe whatever is happening as rather extreme.
The former political aide to ex-Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Alex Magaisa in a statement to one of the media houses outlined that this was a coup by any other name. He believes that they were trying to give a false impression that Mugabe was still in power which wasn’t the case.