Foreign Office gives advice to British citizens in Zimbabwe as 'coup' unfolds

Foreign Office gives advice to British citizens in Zimbabwe as 'coup' unfolds

The military has seized control of the country

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

The Foreign Office has warned British citizens in Zimbabwe to stay indoors amid reports of the military seizing control of the country.

On Tuesday, reports of a coup against the country’s leader, Robert Mugabe, began to circulate, and the army subsequently took control of the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), which is controlled by the state.

Gunfire and artillery weapons could be heard in the northern areas of Harare on Wednesday morning.

The Foreign Office advised citizens to “remain safely at home or in accommodation” until the situation was clarified.

Zimbabwe General Sibusiso Moyo appeared on national TV this morning to assure the public the Presidet was safe.

He explained the army’s motive – to target people close to Mugabe who were responsible for “social and economic suffering.” He also promised the situation would "return to normalcy" once the army's core objectives are achieved.

There has been no statement from Mugabe himself as the events unfold - the leader is reported to have been placed under arrest.