Meanwhile, the capital city Harare remained calm on the second
day of the military action while President Robert Mugabe
remained holed up at his private residence in the northern
suburbs of the city.
There was less military presence on the
roads in the city center and roads that had been blocked on
Wednesday had been reopened for the smooth flow of traffic.
However, some cars issued to officers in the Central
Intelligence Organization which had been left on the roads on
Wednesday following instructions from soldiers remained there.
South African President and Southern African Development
Community chairperson Jacob Zuma on Wednesday called for a
meeting of an organ of the regional bloc to discuss the
situation in Zimbabwe to be held Thursday afternoon in the
Botswana capital Gaborone.
A statement from the SADC secretariat said that the meeting
would be attended by ministers responsible for foreign or
external affairs from the SADC Organ Troika member
states—Angola, Tanzania and Zambia and the SADC Council
chairperson who is the Minister of International Relations and
Cooperation for South Africa.
Zuma also on Wednesday dispatched special envoys to Zimbabwe
and Angola to meet Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Defense Forces
commanders who executed the takeover of government.
The special envoys will also be sent to Angola to brief
President Joao Lourenco, who is the current chairperson of the
SADC Organ on Politics, Defense and Security on the situation in
Unconfirmed reports said closed door meetings were underway
Thursday, but some citizens were becoming restless over lack of
information on what was happening on the ground.
Many people are resorting to social media in search of
information but most of what is coming out there is not reliable
The African Union (AU) on Wednesday called on stakeholders in
Zimbabwe to address the situation in accordance with the
AU Commission chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said in a
statement Wednesday that the AU was closely monitoring
developments in Zimbabwe.
Mahamat said that the crisis should be resolved in a manner
that promotes democracy, human rights and socio-economic
development of the country and expressed the AU’s commitment to
working with SADC to ensure a peaceful resolution of the crisis.
Zambia is hopeful of
amicable solution in Zimbabwe: FM
LUSAKA Zambia (Xinhua) --
The Zambian government on Thursday
expressed optimism that an amicable solution will be reached
over the political impasse in Zimbabwe following the military
Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba said Zambia wanted
to be part of a process of ensuring an amicable solution so that
normalcy could return to Zimbabwe.
The Zambian minister was speaking at Bole International
Airport in Ethiopia on his way for an emergency Southern African
Development Community (SADC) Organ Troika meeting on defense and
security in Botswana, according to a statement released by the
Zambian Embassy in Ethiopia.
"We are going to this meeting not only as members of the
organ but also as close neighbors to Zimbabwe, we have often
referred to our countries as Siamese twins, so we cannot be
happy if our neighbor is going through a rough patch," he said.
No region delights in seeing destabilization of any kind, he
The minister further said Zambian President Edgar Lungu has
spoken to the Zimbabwean authorities and the military in that
country in order to get first-hand information about the
situation on the ground.
South African envoys in
Zimbabwe on mediation mission: minister
CAPE TOWN South Africa (Xinhua) --
Two South African special envoys have arrived in
Zimbabwe on a mediation mission, SA Communications Minister
Mmamoloko Kubayi said on Thursday.
The envoys, Minister of Defence and Military Veterans
Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and State Security Minister Bongani
Bongoand, were allowed into the country and they would meet
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe and leaders of the Zimbabwean
Defence Force soon, Kubayi said at a press briefing in
Parliament after a fortnightly cabinet meeting.
Thereafter, the two envoys will proceed to brief Angolan
President Joao Lourenco, who is also the Chairperson of the
Southern African Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics,
Defence and Security, according to Kubayi.
Kubayi said the SA cabinet supports the intervention by
President Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as Chair of the SADC, in
response to the Zimbabwean situation.
Further updates on this matter will be communicated by Zuma’s
office, Kubayi said.
On Wednesday, Zuma said he was sending special envoys to
Zimbabwe in light of the unfolding situation in the neighboring
Zuma has called an urgent SADC Organ Troika meeting to
discuss the unfolding political and security situation in
On behalf of the SADC, Zuma issued a statement expressing the
organization’s grave concern over the political situation and
urged both the Zimbabwean government and the military to resolve
the political crisis amicably.
Mugabe reportedly has been under house arrest since early
Wednesday after the army, led by Commander General Constantine
Chiwenga, took over the government in what is believed to be a
China’s friendly policy
toward Zimbabwe will not change: Foreign Ministry
BEIJING China (Xinhua) --
China’s friendly policy toward Zimbabwe
will not change in spite of the current situation in the African
country, a Chinese spokesperson said Thursday.
"We sincerely hope that the situation in Zimbabwe will become
stable and the issues will be resolved peacefully and
appropriately," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said
at a daily press briefing.
On Wednesday, the Zimbabwean military announced that it has
taken control of all government institutions in the southern
African country. Zimbabwe’s 93-year-old president Robert Mugabe
and his wife have reportedly been put under house arrest since
Military leaders said on state television that they were not
taking over the government, but "targeting criminals around"
Mugabe, and that Mugabe and his family are safe and their
security is guaranteed.
When answering a question on Chinese investment in Zimbabwe,
Geng said the friendly cooperation between China and Zimbabwe
are comprehensive, benefiting the people of both countries.
"China’s friendly policy toward Zimbabwe will not change,"
said the spokesperson.
"We will continue to advance friendly cooperation with
Zimbabwe in line with the principle of equality, reciprocity and
win-win cooperation," Geng said.