Currently, the military has President Mugabe and his Presidential Guard in custody, they are saying it is not a coup but rather a removal of criminal elements around the president. We are monitoring the situation closely and ascertaining how it will affect travel to and in the region for our clients and guests.
Our staff on the ground in our Victoria Falls office report no changes, threats or incidences in the Victoria Falls area and close to border crossings, Hwange, Kariba and Mana Pools.
Please read below a brief synopsis and update of the events that have unfolded:
Late Monday afternoon there were reports of military vehicles rolling into Harare, the capital city. Zimbabwean Defence Forces seized control of the state broadcaster overnight and released the following statement early this morning:
“We wish to assure the nation that His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, and commander in chief of Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Comrade RG Mugabe, and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed.
“We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.
“As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy…
“To the judiciary, the measures underway are intended to assure that as an independent arm of the state you are able to exercise your independent authority without fear of being obstructed.”
Zimbabwe Major General SB Moyo, Chief of Staff Logistics
This is seen as a reaction to the sudden firing of the Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week.
There are reports that Robert Mugabe is negotiating the release of Grace Mugabe and her removal from the country, while he is preparing to step down. There will be a press conference in Harare tomorrow. Citizens are urged to stay away from Harare CBD tomorrow until further notice. At the moment the highest military presence is around Mugabe’s residence.
Travel to, from and in Zimbabwe:
No travel warnings have been issued. Travel advice is for travellers in Harare to stay home or in their accommodation and not to engage in political activity.
Flights are still flying in and out of the country. Fastjet, a carrier between South Africa and Zimbabwe have advised clients to allow extra time for check-in and screening procedures as they may take longer than usual.
Roads in and out of the country are unaffected. Roads from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park are open. Military roadblocks are only outside the major cities.
The safety of our guests is of the utmost importance, Jenman African Safaris is closely monitoring the situation and will be providing 2 hourly updates on our website.
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