Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Zimbabwe: Mugabe placed under house arrest, Zuma to send special envoys

The oldest leader in the world, Robert Mugabe is currently under house arrest, "confined to his home" by Zimbambwe Miliatry. This much was confirmed by South African President Jacob Zuma who said he spoke with the aged leader. 
Earlier today, the Zimbabwe Military took control of the state broadcaster, demanding an end to purges in the ruling ZANU-PF. The purge has seen the exit of Emmerson Mnangagwa who Mugabe fired last week.

However, South African President Jacob Zuma confirmed that Mugabe was fine. In a latest statement credited to him, Zuma said Mugabe "was confined to his home but said that he was fine. South Africa is also in contact with the Zimbabwean Defence Force (ZDF).” He further stated that SA was sending a special envoy to the country.

“The Special Envoys will also be sent to the Republic of Angola to the Republic of Angola to see President Joao Lourenco, Chairperson of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security to brief him on the situation.
“President Zuma has reiterated his call for calm and restraint and for the ZDF to ensure that peace and stability are not undermined in Zimbabwe.
“SADC will continue to monitor the situation closely,”

Zuma had earlier called “calm and restraint”in view of the situation.

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