Zimbabweans glad about “the army takeover”

16 Nov 2017 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 16 NOV (NAMPA) – Some Zimbabwean nationals have expressed happiness towards what is being referred to as a “bloodless transition of power” by the army in their country.
In an interview with Nampa on Wednesday, some nationals believe the situation in the country might bring the change citizens have been yearning for.
“For years we have been praying for intervention towards the situation [unemployment, shortages of basic commodities] in this country; we are therefore very happy because we never expected this to happen,” a citizen in Zimbabwe revealed to Nampa via Whatsapp messenger.
The source who preferred to remain anonymous said the citizens have been informed of the situation and have been urged to stay calm and to avoid situations that may lead to violence.
“As of today, Wednesday, it is still business as usual in the smaller towns and no daily activities have been interrupted yet; employees, employers and businesspeople have been told to attend to their usual work, those who do not work have been warned to stay indoors until the situation has calmed down,” said the source
Another Zimbabwean who is based in Namibia, said he is very keen on finding out how the events back home unfold.
“My relatives are back in Zimbabwe, however I do not fear for their safety as I do not believe things will get out of hand, as the situation is indeed being handled with care,” he noted.
The citizens added that as much as they are curious, they do not feel threatened.
The army’s action comes three days after the country's top commander, General Constantino Chiwenga, warned rampant infighting in the ruling ZANU-PF party, which saw Vice-President Emerson Mnangagwa being fired last week, was causing instability which had huge security implications.
Mnangagwa, 75, was previously one of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's most loyal lieutenants, having worked alongside him for decades.
Reuters reported on Thursday that Mugabe is insisting he remains Zimbabwe's only legitimate ruler.
Quoting an intelligence source, the international news agency said Mugabe is resisting mediation by a Catholic priest to allow him a graceful exit after a military coup.
The priest, Fidelis Mukonori, is acting as a middle-man between Mugabe and the generals, who seized power on Wednesday in a targeted operation against 'criminals' in his entourage.
Mugabe, a 93-year-old former guerrilla, has led Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.
The Associated Press agency reported Thursday that the military remains in the streets of the capital, Harare, as the mood is tense.
Regional officials are meeting on the crisis on Thursday.
(NAMPA)
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