Seizing Power While Claiming It's Not a Coup, Zimbabwe Army Says Mugabe Is Safe

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Zimbabwe's military chief of staff Gen. S.B. Moyo. Photo: YouTube


The military in Zimbabwe broadcast instructions to the nation on the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) Wednesday, exerting authority in what is by all measures a coup except only in name. The armed forces is clearly under the direction of knowledgeable officers or politicians who know that a military takeover would immediately trigger Zimbabwe's suspension from the African Union. The United States' laws would also call for suspension of development assistance to the country but the U.S. currently has a sanction against Zimbabwe.  The following is the statement by Major General S.B. Moyo, the army chief of staff broadcast by the ZBC.

Good Morning Zimbabweans.

Fellow Zimbabweans, following the address we made on 13th November which we believe our main broadcast company the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and The Herald were directed not to publicize, the situation in our country has moved to another level.

Firstly, we wish to assure the nation that His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe and commander-in-chief of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces, comrade R.G. Mugabe and his family, are safe and sound and their security 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. As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.

To the civil servants, as you are aware, there is a plan by the same individuals to influence the current purging which is taking place in the political sphere. To the civil service, we are against that act of injustice and we intend to protect everyone of you against that.

To the judiciary, the measures underway are intended to ensure that as an independent arm of the state, you are able to exercise your independent authority without fear of being obstructed as has been the case with this group of individuals.

To our Members of Parliament, your legislative role is of paramount importance for peace and stability in this country and it is our desire that a dispensation is created that allows you to serve your respective political constituencies according to democratic tenants.

To the generality of the people of Zimbabwe we urge you to remain calm and limit unnecessary movements. However we encourage those who are employed and those with essential business in the city to continue their normal activities as usual. Our wish is that you enjoy your rights and freedoms and that we return out country to a dispensation that allows for investment, development and prosperity that we all fought for and for which many of us paid the supreme sacrifice.

To Political parties, we urge you to discourage your members from engaging in violent behavior. To the youth we call upon you to realize that the future of this country is yours. Do not be enticed with dirty coins of silver. Be disciplined and remain committed to the ethos and values of this great nation.

To all churches and religious organizations in Zimbabwe, we call upon you and your congregations to pray for our country and preach the gospel of love, peace, unity and development.

To both our people and the world beyond our borders, we wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military take-over of government. What the Zimbabwe defense forces is doing is to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country which if not addressed may result in a violent conflict.

We call upon all the war veterans to play a positive role in ensuring peace, stability and unity in the country.

To members of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces, all leave is cancelled and you are all to return to your barracks with immediate effect.

To our respected traditional leaders, you are the custodians of our culture, customs, traditions and heritage, and we request you to provide leadership and direction to your communities for the sake of unity and development in our country.

To the other security services, we urge you to cooperate for the good of our country. Let it be clear that we intend to address the human security threat in our country, therefore any provocation will be met with an appropriate response.

And to the media we urge you to report fairly and responsibly.

We Thank you.


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