IS GRACE MUGABE IN NAMIBIA?

IS GRACE MUGABE IN NAMIBIA?

Oppostion MP Eddie Cross has told BBC News that he believes First Lady Grace Mugabe has fled to Namibia.

The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) politician said that he understood she had been allowed to leave the country last night by the army.

He added that her choice of exile had been limited after she allegedly assaulted a model in the South African city of Johannesburg in August.

However, none of this has been officially confirmed by the army.

In his official statement, broadcast earlier on state television, Maj Gen Sibusiso Moyo said he could “assure the nation that his excellency the president… and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed”.

It has been suggested the first family were all being held together at home in Harare.

Military blocks road to parliament

Jeffrey Moyo, a freelance journalist in Zimbabwe, has just told the BBC’s World Update programme that the military have blocked the main road leading to parliament – Nelson Mandela Avenue.

They have are also stopping traffic on another main road – Samora Michel Avenue – which is near President Robert Mugabe’s office, he says.

The army continues to rebroadcast its message on the state broadcasters (see earlier post), he says.

There are also rumours that sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa might come back for annual Zanu-PF congress in December when he may stand to become the ruling party’s president, the reporter says.

What we know so far
Here is a mid-morning round up of the key points from Zimbabwe, where the army has taken control overnight.

Maj Gen Sibusiso Moyo appeared on state television saying the army had taken control temporarily while they target “criminals around [President Robert Mugabe] who are committing crimes… that are causing social and economic suffering in the country”

  • The move came after Mr Mugabe sacked his deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, in favour of his wife, Grace
  • The Mugabes were safe, he added, as he emphasised this was “not a coup”
  • A number of arrests have been made, including Zanu-PF youth wing leader and Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo
  • There is calm in Harare, despite the presence of troops on the streets.

By Flora Drury and Lucy Fleming / BBC

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