President Robert Mugabe was on Wednesday placed under house arrest by members of the military who rolled out tanks and personnel in what outsiders regard as a coup delta, but which the Armed Forces described as a move targeting “criminals” in the administration in Zimbabwe.
While the military said Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, and his family are safe, there were indications that his wife, Grace, being primed to succeed him, has fled to Namibia.
Mugabe, according to available information, has spoke with South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma, saying though he has been confined to his house, he is doing well.
Armoured have since taken over major roads in the capital Harare, with the presidential villa dn roads to main government offices, the parliament and courts in central Harare blocked.
Reports, however, have it that people are still going about their normal businesses.
The Chief of Logistics of the Zimbabwean Armed Forces, Major General S.B. Moyo, said: “We are only targeting criminals around him (Mugabe) 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.”