In an address the Zimbabwe Defence Forces advised Zimbabweans to avoid unnecessary movement. They however urge those with “essential business to continue their normal activities as usual”.
In the statement ZDF says:
To the generality of the people of Zimbabwe: We urge you to remain calm and limit unnecessary movement. However, we encourage those who are employed and those with essential business in the city to continue their normal activities as usual. Our wish is that you enjoy your rights and freedoms and that we return our country to a dispensation that allows for investment, development and prosperity that we all fought for and for which many of our citizens paid the supreme sacrifice.
They also warn the media to report fairly and responsibly. The army also warns political parties to refrain from violence. They also deny that they have taken over Government as the military saying:
To both our people and the world beyond our borders: We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover of Government. What the Zimbabwe Defence Forces is doing is to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country which if not addressed may result in violent conflict.