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Robert Mugabe detained as military calls shots in Harare

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has been detained by the country’s military, his ruling party Zanu-PF says.

The detention,the party however clarifies,was necessary for the “for the Constitution and the sanity of the nation”.

Several members of his Cabinet, who have since been branded “crooks” and “criminals”, have been arrested in what the military terms a “a bloodless transition”.

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The ruling party ZANU PF has however come out and refuted claims of a coup,stating that,i quote:

“There was no coup, only a bloodless transition which saw corrupt and crooked persons being arrested and an elderly man who had been taken advantage of by his wife being detained.”

“The few bangs that were heard were from crooks who were resisting arrest, but they are now detained.”

Mugabe’s detention comes as Mr Emmerson Mnangagwa, the vice-president fired by President Mugabe recently, returned to the country.

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Mr Mnangagwa, who fled to South Africa, flew into Manyame airbase this morning, according to The Guardian.

There is speculation that the military is likely to install him, a former general, as the head of government, with Mr Mugabe as a figurehead.

More follows.


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