The Zimbabwe military ousted former president Robert Mugabe to save a disintegrating ruling Zanu PF party. Can its continued involvement in Zimbabwean politics under installed president Emmerson Mnangagwa guarantee essential reforms, democracy and justice?
An international human rights group is calling on Gen. Constantino Chiwenga and the Zimbabwean military to uphold the human rights of several people detained after last week’s unprecedented military coup against former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe.
According to the Zimbabwe constitution watchdog Veritas, the three constitutional options available to military following the coup staged by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces this week are: 1) Replacing President Mugabe with a new president 2) Allowing President Mugabe to continue in office and 3) a transitional government or government of national unity.
The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC), an independent commissions supporting democracy, issued the following statement on the political situation in Zimbabwe after the military coup staged by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces this week.
Here’s the full text of the statement issued by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces after staging a “coup” against President Robert Mugabe, 93, on Tuesday. The military denies staging a coup. Apparently it’s unprecedented actions are “only targeting criminals” around Mugabe, whose “security is guaranteed”.
After allegedly staging a “coup” against President Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean military read out a statement on the country’s national broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), on Wednesday morning.
Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party fired former Zimbabwe vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa hours after he’d portrayed himself as the future of both Zimbabwe and the beleaguered ruling party. Is Mnangagwa banking on the military, which has played a leading role in suppressing democracy and propping up Mugabe in the past 36 years, to retire the old man and install him as president?
Emmerson Mnangagwa has responded to his recent firing by President Robert Mugabe as Zimbabwe’s vice president. In a statement, Mnangagwa, who has already fled to neighbouring South Africa to escape “incessant threats” to his life, suggested that he’ll wrestle Mugabe for the leadership of both the ruling Zanu PF party and Zimbabwe.
In a development that’s likely to doom his re-election prospects during the much-anticipated 2018 elections, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe just fired his long-time Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa with immediate effect.