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Zimbabwe’s military has seized power

Zimbabwe’s military has seized power, a move seen to kick out President Robert Mugabe from office.

In a statement on the country’s national broadcaster, ZBC, the military says President Robert Mugabe is safe, amid reports of heavy gunfire in the capital, Harare from yesterday.

Meanwhile, South African President Jacob Zuma has called for peace, calm and restraint following the developments in Zimbabwe, urging the Government and the Zimbabwe Defence Force to resolve the political impasse amicably.

Earlier, the country’s Deputy Director Central Intelligence Organisation and the President of ZanuPF National Youth League were arrested.

Education Minister Prof Jonathan Moyo and Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere were also taken in, with soldiers blocking access to government offices, parliament buildings and the courts in the capital Harare.

Meanwhile, South African President Jacob Zuma has called for peace, calm and restraint following the developments in Zimbabwe, urging the Government and the Zimbabwe Defence Force to resolve the political impasse amicably.

Earlier, the country’s Deputy Director Central Intelligence Organisation and the President of ZanuPF National Youth League were arrested.

Education Minister Prof Jonathan Moyo and Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere were also taken in, with soldiers blocking access to government offices, parliament buildings and the courts in the capital Harare.

State broadcasters have been playing patriotic songs from the independence period of the 1980s and re-broadcasting Major-General Sibusiso Moyo’s statement.

Major-General Moyo announced on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) TV that the military had seized power and that President Robert Mugabe was safe.

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