- A Zimbabwe coup has removed President Robert Mugabe, 93, from power
- His wife, Grace, is reportedly now in Namibia
- Zanu PF party is now in power and have taken over the national broadcaster, ZBC and the paper The Herald
- Boris Johnson joins the EU’s calls for peace in the region, and the US embassy is currently closed
The Zimbabwe coup has removed President Robert Mugabe, 93, from power after the country’s army seized power overnight.
Gunshots and explosions have been heard in the capital as former vice present Emmerson Mnangagwa has taken over.
The ruling party ZANU PF has said in a statement that it is a “bloodless peaceful transition” to rid of the “corrupt and crooked persons.”
But is it still safe for British travellers and nationals in the country?
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) recommend British nationals currently in Harare to remain safely at home until more about the situation is known.
The website states: “Due to the uncertain political situation in Harare, including reports of unusual military activity, we recommend British nationals currently in Harare to remain safely at home or in their accommodation until the situation becomes clearer.
It also advises to steer clear of any political protests or demonstrations: “You should avoid political activity, or activities which could be considered political, including political discussions in public places and criticism of the President.
“You should avoid all demonstrations and rallies. The authorities have sometimes used force to suppress demonstrations.”
The removal of President Mugabe followed news that his wife, Grace, was looking to follow in her husband’s footsteps as leader of Zimbabwe.
A statement from ZANU PF Party said: “Last night the first family was detained and are safe, both for the constitution and the sanity of the nation this was necessary. Neither Zimbabwe nor ZANU are owned by Mugabe and his wife.
“Today begins a fresh new era and comrade Mnangagwa will help us achieve a better Zimbabwe.
“ZANU PF has a way of solving our own problems, the situation is stable and Zimbabwe is open for business.”
The country in South Africa, previously named Rhodesia, declared independence from the UK in 1965, which was only recognised in 1980.
Zimbabwe has suffered from severe droughts and land reform programmes in which productivity has suffered since 2000, leading many to leave the country in search of work.
British travellers who head to the country visit the famous Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Holidaymakers visit the natural site to see the “ultimate infinity pool” during dry season where they can get a photograph on the edge of the water.
Published at Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:39:00 +0000