Suspected Military Coup in Zimbabwe

Image: Toronto Star

On Wednesday, soldiers in Zimbabwe took over the headquarters of ZBC, the nations state-run broadcaster. They then blocked access to government officers. As of today, there is no statement acknowledging it as a “coup” and the military insists that President Robert Mugabe is safe with his family. The first sign of a takeover was a fleet of tanks proceeding towards the nation’s capital, a video was posted on Twitter of the procession.

It appears that the commander Constantine Chiwenga has called for an end of the 93 year-old president’s, Robert Mugabe’s, reign of the nation.

As of today, new information has been released that President Mugabe and his wife are under house arrest but insist that they are safe. Several sources believe that the President’s latest move to fire Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had large support to take over for the ailing Mugabe, was what provoked the suspected coup.

More info will be posted as it comes in.

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Alton Northup

I'm Alton Northup and I currently attend Collegiate Academy where I am in the 9th grade. Throughout 2016 and 2017 I worked on Jay Breneman's campaign for Mayor of Erie. I was featured in an "Erie Reader" article titled "Alton Northup: The Youth of Today" because of my time on Breneman's campaign. I have an extreme love and passion for government and politics and hope to be elected to public office one day as a Democrat.

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