Zimbabwe uprising 'a coup in all but name', says former ambassador

Zimbabwe events 'a coup in all but name', says former ambassador

Mark Canning wrote a column for The Daily Telegraph to comment on the situation

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A former British Ambassador who represented the country in Zimbabwe has called the events unfolding there “a coup in all but name.”

Over the last few days, the military seized control of the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, and aired a message to deny the grab was a coup.

Instead, they said they were targeting people close to president Robert Mugabe who they said had caused economic and social ruin. Mugabe, however, has been placed under house arrest.

In a column for the Daily Telegraph, Mark Canning said there would be “relief” that Mugabe’s reign over the country appeared to be finished.

Canning, who served as an ambassador to the country from 2009 to 2011, also highlighted a sense of relief at the removal of his wife Grace, who he said was deeply unpopular.

He said Zimbabwe had all it needed to pull itself back from the brink and regain “the prosperity” it deserved.

The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, wrote today Mugabe had tarnished “the jewel” of Zimbabwe.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Theresa May called for an avoidance of violence in Harare in Prime Minister’s Questions.