Zimbabwe Army General – Army only moved in to cease ‘criminals’ around the president

President Robert Mugabe’s situation remains unclear, with gun fire heard from the Harare suburbs where he lives.

This is after Zimbabwe’s ruling ZAFU PF party confirmed a bloodless transition of power this morning.

The military seized state television, saying it is targeting people close to President Robert Mugabe for causing “social and economic suffering”.

A statement read out by the Army Chief of Staff in charge of Logistics Maj Gen Sibusisiwe Moyo, on air denied it was a coup and said Mr Mugabe and his family were all safe, but did not say where.

According to the Army Chief of Staff in charge of Logistics Maj Gen Sibusisiwe Moyo, the army only moved in to cease a heap of criminals around the president.

The army action comes after Mr Mugabe sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, amid a row over succession.

He has now taken charge of the country whose political future is still unclear.

South African SABC reports that Mugabe has told Jacob Zuma that he is confined in his house but is safe.