Update on Zimbabwe Political Situation

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 incidents in the Victoria Falls area and close to border crossings, Hwange, Kariba and Mana Pools. Read more

The safety of our guests is of the utmost importance, and we will be closely monitoring the situation and providing updates every 2 hours or on receipt from our Operations Manager in Zimbabwe, Thomas. Please view updates below.


LIVE UPDATES:

Friday, 24 November 2017

Emmerson Mnangagwa has been sworn in as the new President of Zimbabwe. The former Vice-President has promised financial stability and elections to go ahead as planned in 2018.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

BREAKING: Robert Mugabe has resigned after 37 years in office “effective immediately”. People in Harare and the rest of Zimbabwe are celebrating and excited for what the future holds.

17.00 – ZANU-PF has made the motion to impeach President Robert Mugabe and the opposition party MDC has seconded it. Lawmakers from both houses of Parliament have relocated to a larger venue to continue deliberation.

15.00 – Members of parliament are arriving to vote. Thousands of civilians are gathered outside to hear what the result will be.

13.00 – Zimbabweans are gathering outside the State House singing and praying hoping to convey their message to Mugabe to resign, and if he doesn’t – showing their support for his impeachment. Mugabe has said that if it is the will of the people that he must go, then he will go.

11.00 – Ousted Vice-President Emmerson Mnangawa has called for Mugabe to listen to the will of the people and step down. If the impeachment passes in both houses of parliament, Mugabe could be removed in a matter of days. Harare still remains calm, with a military but no police presence. Other towns and tourist areas in the country remain unaffected. Borders and airports are still open.

9.00 – Zimbabwe’s ruling party will present a motion of impeachment to parliament today, they will need 2/3 majority vote for the the motion to be carried through.

Monday, 20 November 2017

17.00 – MPs from Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, MDC, will meet tomorrow to decide on whether to support a push to impeach President Robert Mugabe.

Reuters reports that the governing Zanu-PF has the requisite two-thirds needed to trigger impeachment, but that opposition support would boost the process of removing Mugabe.

14.00 – Mugabe has ignored the 12.00 resignation deadline. Ruling party members have been summoned to a meeting to begin impeachment talks.

Zambian President Edgar Lungu has sent former president Kenneth Kaunda to Harare to try to convince President Robert Mugabe to step down in a “dignified exit”.

9.00 – Mugabe has still not resigned despite being recalled as President of the ZANU-PF party and giving a televised speech to the nation on Sunday night. He has been given a deadline of 12.00 today to resign. If he does not do so, then the impeachment process will begin.

Airports and borders remain open. In Victoria Falls and other tourists areas it is business as usual.

We will update again after the 12.oo deadline for Mugabe’s resignation.

Friday, 17 November 2017

17.00 – Police have granted permission for Zimbabwe’s influential war veteran group to hold a rally in Harare tomorrow. Locals are expected to gather at Freedom Square in the capital to demonstrate against President Robert Mugabe.

15.00 – Mugabe has not resigned yet and negotiations are still underway. If he does not resign by the end of the day, there is a peaceful march organized for tomorrow in Harare where the people of Zimbabwe are encouraged to make their voice heard.

13.00 – President Mugabe has made his first public appearance at a University Graduation ceremony, he opened the ceremony but did not make a speech. He was flanked by military and joined in singing the national anthem.

11.00 – Zimbabwe’s military has announced that they are making “significant progress” in their talks for Mugabe’s resignation.

9.00- Travellers are to be advised that the military is checking everyone’s luggage before leaving Harare airport. Airports and borders are still open and it is business as usual throughout Zimbabwe. Pictures have been released of Mugabe shaking hands with defence forces commander Constantino Chiwenga, as negotiations are still underway.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

17.00 – Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has addressed the media.  Both Tsvangirai and war vet chief Christopher Mutsvangwa have indicated that they are “ready to enter negotiations to form a transitional government with former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa”.

15.00 – Negotiations are still taking place, the goal is to have Mugabe step down voluntarily and allow former Vice-President Mnangagwa take over the role in a transitional government until elections are held. Zimbabwe’s civil society organisations have called for a “clear and implementable road map” for the near future.

13.00 – Reports are coming through that negotiations are currently underway between military, Mugabe and Father Fidelis Mukonori, who is close to President Mugabe.

11.00 – Reports are coming in of government officials being taken into custody, who the army view as the “criminal elements around the president”. The situation still remains calm with no danger to travellers.

9.00 – No new developments. Airports and border crossings remain open. Flights are still flying in and out of Zimbabwe albeit with longer check-in times so travellers are advised to arrive 4 hours before check-in. UK and US embassies still advise their citizens to stay home, while the South African embassy has advised that its citizens should go about their daily business. The South African Development Community (SADC) will be meeting in neighbouring Botswana this afternoon to discuss the situation.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

16.05 – Situation still calm in Harare, no reports of unrest. South Africa’s president Zuma has spoken to Mugabe who indicated that he was confined to his home, but said that he was fine.

10.36 – Spoke to bus drivers who left Vic Falls this morning for Bulawayo they say all clear from Vic Falls till just before reaching Bulawayo where army roadblocks are and also on road to Beitridge and road to Harare. Other than that it’s just heavy army presence in the cities.

9.55 – Victoria Falls is all safe, business as usual, no military presence. Will keep you posted if anything else comes up.

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