The Zimbabwean army has taken over the country in a coup which they insist is not a coup.
As is customary in all military interventions, the soldiers have taken over the state broadcaster ZBC, and their leader has made an address to the nation.
The statement read on tv by a general, said Mr Mugabe and his family were ‘safe and sound’, and that the soldiers are not targeting the President but people around him who have caused “social and economic suffering”, according to the BBC.
“[We] assure the nation that his Excellency the president… and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed”. said Maj Gen Sibusiso Moyo.
“We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes… that are causing social and economic suffering in the country,” he said.
“As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”
Zimbabwe has been in the midst of a power struggle recently, with the Vice President and Grace Mugabe fighting for who gets to replace the country’s long time leader when he eventually steps down. Mugabe sacked the Veep, Emmerson Mnangagwa, amidst the crisis.