Farirai Machivenyika, Senior Reporter
10:26 – Action taken by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) today does not represent a military takeover of the Government but is meant to address the political, social and economic situation that could have ended in violent conflict, the ZDF said in a statement.
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10:41 – The situation in Harare’s CBD is calm with people going about their business.
ZDF says “As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”
10:45 – ZDF started with a statement Monday 13 November 2017 in which Commander General Constantine Chiwenga asserted that the military would not hesitate to step in if the country’s revolution was threatened.
General Chiwenga said drastic action would be taken immediately to stop counter revolutionaries from sliding Zimbabwe back into colonisation.
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11:16 – It is business as usual in Harare and other cities across the country with Zimbabweans going about their daily routines.
ZDF announced early morning today that it has taken action to address the political, social and economic situation in the country that it said risked turning violent.
11:21 – The announcement by ZDF that it has taken action to address the situation in Zimbabwe is trending on social media and dominated conversations across the globe.
11:23 – Meanwhile the situation across the country remains calm as Zimbabweans took in the news.
11:26 – President Jacob Zuma (South Africa) has issued a statement on behalf of SADC calling for calm and restraint in Zimbabwe
12:24 – Meanwhile the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association press conference is under way in Harare.
13:17 - Cde Matemadanda says the country’s national Constitution had been thrown into the dustbin hence the effort to restore Constitutionalism.
13: 28 - He says unlike the Lancaster House Constitution, the 2013 Constitution was written by all political parties. Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association applauds the role taken by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces to normalise the situation in Zanu-PF and the country. ZNLWA says Zanu-PF should return to constitutionalism and reverse all the expulsions and suspensions that were spearheaded by the G40 cabal . ZNLWA demands that President Mugabe explain why he chose to associate himself with Jonathan Moyo and failed to recognize the response by Cde Mnangagwa. ZNLWA says President Mugabe should be recalled as the first secretary and President of Zimbabwe.
13:35 - ”It is true that the freedom fighters are stakeholders not from dictatorial tendencies. We ask the ZBC to be patriotic this time and not to report from factional corners. We know they were taking orders from somewhere,” says Cde Matemadanda.
14:38 – Meanwhile the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association has thrown its weight behind actions taken by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces to restore normalcy in the social, political and economic life in the country. This was said by the ZNLWVA Secretary General Cde Victor Matemadanda while addressing a press conference this afternoon.
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NO MILITARY TAKEOVER IN ZIM: Full Report
Action taken by the Zimbabwe Defence Forces today does not represent a military takeover of the Government but is meant to address the political, social and economic situation that could have ended in violent conflict.