Years ago after my stint in the US Army I almost signed on to go to an African country and fight….the country was Rhodesia today known as Zimbabwe when it was fighting for its independence from the UK….so I keep an eye on what happens there just out of nostalgia.
Woke up this morning with news that the Zim army had taken control of the capital so I thought I would write a posy about just what was happening and why…..but AJE beat me to it so I bow to their journalists to describe what is happening and why…….(AJE has an in-depth story explaining damn near everything that has happened and what lead up to the action by the army….a good read….worth the time it takes to digest the story)…….
Soldiers on Wednesday took over the headquarters of the state broadcaster ZBC and blocked access to government offices, but the army says this is not a military take over.
President Robert Mugabe, who leads the ruling Zanu-PF party, is safe, an army spokesman has said.
But as yet, there is no official word from the government or the Mugabe family as to their whereabouts.
South African President Jacob Zuma says he talked to his close ally Mugabe, who told him he is safe but confined to his house.
The unfolding crisis comes amid an apparent bid to expand the Mugabe dynasty.
It will be interesting to see just what prompted this takeover and what will come about because of it.
Mugabe is being told he must leave the country for the good of the country……
Zimbabweans faced another day of uncertainty Thursday amid quiet talks to resolve the country’s turmoil and the likely end of President Robert Mugabe’s decades-long rule. Seizing on the political limbo, a range of voices urged Mugabe to step aside and for the country to transition into free and fair elections, the AP reports. Mugabe has been in military custody and there was no sign of the recently fired deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, who fled the country last week. Grace Mugabe, the wife whose planned rise to power apparently sparked the crisis, is now believed to be under house arrest along with her husband, despite earlier reports that she had fled to Namibia, the Guardian reports.
The military, which seized power early Wednesday, remained in the streets of the capital, Harare, on Thursday. Southern African regional officials are meeting in neighboring Botswana to discuss the crisis, and South African ministers have arrived in Harare for talks with the military and Mugabe. A joint statement by more than 100 civil society groups urged Mugabe—at 93, the world’s oldest head of state—to peacefully step aside and asked the military to quickly restore order and respect the constitution. A joint statement by churches also appealed for calm. Analysts believe Mugabe and his wife may seek safe passage to Singapore or Malaysia, where they own property.
Never a dull moment in international relations….that is why I enjoy it so……