Coup Against People's Socialist Hero Mugabe?

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Coup Against People's Socialist Hero Mugabe?

Postby ROB » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:17 am

Say it ain't so. I am gonna wet the bed and gnash my teeth tonight. This can't be.

Rally comrades!


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Soldiers take over Zimbabwe broadcaster, explosions heard

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Harare: Several loud explosions echoed across central Harare in the early hours of Wednesday after troops deployed on the streets of the capital and seized the state broadcaster, prompting speculation of a coup against 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

Some ZBC members of staff were manhandled when soldiers occupied the premises of Zimbabwe's ZBC, two members of staff and a human rights worker said. However, staff were told they "should not worry" as the soldiers were merely there to protect the site, one source added.

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News wires have reported seeing troops amassing around Zimbabwe's capital, Harare.
News wires have reported seeing troops amassing around Zimbabwe's capital, Harare. Photo: Screengrab/Reuters
Earlier, the country's ruling party accused the head of the armed forces of treason as troops took up positions around the capital in a dramatic escalation of a dispute with Mugabe over political succession.

The reason for the blasts was not immediately apparent.

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Just 24 hours after military chief General Constantino Chiwenga threatened to intervene to end a purge of his allies in the ZANU-PF party, six armoured personnel carriers drove through thoroughfares on the outskirts of the capital.

Aggressive soldiers told passing cars to keep moving through the darkness. "Don't try anything funny. Just go," one said on Harare Drive.

The presence of troops, including the movement of armoured vehicles from a barracks north-west of Harare earlier in the day, sparked rumours of a coup against Mugabe, although there was no evidence to suggest the leader of the last 37 years had been toppled.

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Isaac Moyo, Zimbabwe's ambassador to neighbouring South Africa, dismissed the talk, saying the government in Harare was "intact" and blaming social media for spreading false information.

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Zimbabwe's Army Commander, Constantino Chiwenga criticised the country's instability on Monday.
Zimbabwe's Army Commander, Constantino Chiwenga criticised the country's instability on Monday. Photo: AP
"There's nothing really happening. They are just social media claims," Moyo said, in Harare's first official response to the coup rumours.

The Southern African nation has been on edge since Monday when Chiwenga, Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, said he was prepared to "step in" to end a purge of supporters of sacked vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe, centre, and President Robert Mugabe at a ceremony to rename Harare's airport as ...
Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe, centre, and President Robert Mugabe at a ceremony to rename Harare's airport as Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport last week. Photo: AP
Only a few months ago, Mnangagwa, a former security chief nicknamed "The Crocodile", was favourite to succeed his life-long political patron but was ousted a week ago to pave the way for Mugabe's 52-year-old wife Grace to succeed him.

The lead item on the ZBC state broadcaster's evening news bulletin was an anti-military rally by the youth wing of Mugabe's ZANU-PF party. However the channel then missed its usual 11 pm bulletin, without providing an explanation.

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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, centre, arrives for a solidarity rally in Harare last week.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, centre, arrives for a solidarity rally in Harare last week. Photo: AP
Chiwenga's unprecedented statement represented a major escalation of the struggle to succeed Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe has known since it gained independence from Britain in 1980.

Mugabe chaired a weekly cabinet meeting in the capital on Tuesday, officials said, and afterwards the party said it stood by the "primacy of politics over the gun" and accused Chiwenga of "treasonable conduct ... meant to incite insurrection."

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A street scene along Robert Mugabe road in Harare, Tuesday, Nov., 14, 2017. The Associated Press saw three armored ...
A street scene along Robert Mugabe road in Harare, Tuesday, Nov., 14, 2017. The Associated Press saw three armored personnel carriers with several soldiers in a convoy on a road heading toward an army barracks just outside the capital, Harare. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi) Photo: Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi
The previous day, Chiwenga had made clear the army's refusal to accept the removal of Mnangagwa - like the generals a veteran of Zimbabwe's anti-colonial liberation war - and the presumed accession of Grace, once a secretary in the government typing pool.

Local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere, a leading figure in her relatively youthful 'G40' faction, refused to answer questions about the situation in Harare. "I'm in a meeting," she said.

Army, police and government spokesmen refused to answer numerous phone calls asking for comment.

Neither Mugabe nor his wife have responded in public to Chiwenga's remarks and state media did not publish his statement. The local Herald newspaper posted some of the comments on its Twitter page but deleted them.

The head of party's youth wing, which openly backs Grace Mugabe, accused the army chief of subverting the constitution.

"Defending the revolution and our leader and President is an ideal we live for and if need be it is a principle we are prepared to die for," Youth League leader Kudzai Chipanga said at the party's headquarters in Harare.

Grace Mugabe's rise has brought her into conflict with the independence-era war veterans, who enjoyed privileged status in Zimbabwe until the last two years when they spearheaded criticism of Mugabe's handling of the economy.

In the last year, a chronic absence of dollars has led to long queues outside banks and an economic and financial collapse that many fear will rival the meltdown of 2007-2008, when inflation topped out at 500 billion per cent.

Imported goods are running out and economists say that, by some measures, inflation is now at 50 per cent a month.

According to a trove of intelligence documents reviewed by Reuters this year, Mnangagwa has been planning to revitalise the economy by bringing back thousands of white farmers kicked off their land nearly two decades ago and patching up relations with the likes of the World Bank and IMF.

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Re: Coup Against People's Socialist Hero Mugabe?

Postby snaark » Wed Nov 15, 2017 1:52 pm

I'll hold my applause until they hold elections where the opposition doesn't literally get the shit kicked out of them.
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Postby el3so » Wed Nov 15, 2017 3:48 pm

He still rocking the Hitler 'stache? Not even a black man couldn't style that sh!t.
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Re: Coup Against People's Socialist Hero Mugabe?

Postby snaark » Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:29 pm

el3so wrote:He still rocking the Hitler 'stache? Not even a black man couldn't style that sh!t.


Nothing says "I don't give a fuck what the west thinks" like that mo.
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Re: Coup Against People's Socialist Hero Mugabe?

Postby ReptilianKittenEater » Thu Nov 16, 2017 3:37 am

Took long enough to get rid of him.
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Re: Coup Against People's Socialist Hero Mugabe?

Postby MJK » Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:58 am

Nuke the detention center from orbit; it's the only way to be sure.

Dimitri Orlov wrote an interesting pice on how the US was going big in Africa, looking for a war it can finally win. Once Ghadafi was gone the gate to the Dark Continent was left wide open to a crew that will show old King Leopold for the softhearted slacker that he was. I wonder if the Moog got a shove from his throne by Trump.
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