Zimbabwe’s Military ‘Coup’: A Summary Of Everything That’s Happened So Far


13 November 2017

14 November

  • On the morning of 14 November, the Zanu-PF Youth League under the leadership of Kudzai Chipanga releases a statement saying they are prepared to die defending the legitimate presidency of Robert Mugabe: “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.”
  • Later that afternoon several social media and traditional media outlets report that several army tanks have been sighted on highways leading to Harare. Some also seen in the Harare city center.
  • On the same afternoon Zanu-PF party’s national spokesperson, Simon Khaya Moyo issues a statement accusing Chiwenga of treasonous intentions. Khaya Moyo says in the statement that Chiwenga’s utterances were meant to “incite insurrection and violent challenge to the Constitutional Order.”
  • In the evening information emerges confirming that the army has taken over Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), the state TV broadcaster.
  • The United States embassy in Harare announces that it will be closed the following day, due to the uncertainty in the country.

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19 November 2017


For more updates, please check out Zimbabwe Defence Forces Country Takeover, November 2017

Constantino ChiwengaEmmerson MnangagwaRobert Mugabe

Constantino Guveya Dominic Nyikadzino Chiwenga is the current Vice President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, the second secretary of Zanu-PF political party and the former Minister of Defence . He is also the former Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) and also the former... Read More About Constantino Chiwenga

Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is a politician and the First Secretary of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front. On the 3rd of August 2018 ZEC Chairperson Priscilla Chigumba announced that Mnangagwa had won the popular vote by 50.8% ,hence he was duly elected to be the... Read More About Emmerson Mnangagwa

Robert Mugabe is the former President of Zimbabwe. He was the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe from 1987 to November 2017. Prior to this, he was the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe since the attainment of independence in 1980. Mugabe resigned from his presidency on... Read More About Robert Mugabe

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1 Comment

  1. Jimalo Jonki Reply

    Welshman Ncube and his Mdc Alliance should understand this Nobody in their right mind would back a fragmented leadership we will face a big fight amongst them when they win.The opposition is behaving as if they are the legitimate government before the elections. They are showing cracks among their ra nk and file ir will will a disaster if they win outright maybe a balanced government of national unity is better. Emmerson shows maturity calmness,consultative, lreachws peace,and allows opposition freedom to say what they want he wants the rule of law to be put back in place and Emmerson has shown he is not Mugabe’s ally. On the other hand the opposition is selling cheap lies like getting 15billion from America which country is going to dole out that money a figment that must comes to mind. They lack meaningful strategy no negotiating skills amongst them expelling Khupe an elected founder member of MDC on the premise that Tsvangirai gave the reigns to Chamisa or it’s just a gamble because he is more charismatic let’s see if he wins with his dictatorial traits.

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