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Zimbabwe army on manoeuvres?

I don't think the general population of Zim are, either!
Her behaviour of late borders on despotism, and the excesses she goes to rival Imelda Marcos.

The latests shenanigans involving her and the kids - detailed above - are reminiscent of the 'let them eat cake'!
The nation is on the verge of starvation due to imports being banned, and she's buying Rolls Royces, and the kids are pouring $600 bottles over their watches, because they can...
Guess bobby won’t last as long as Bongo did...
 
Don't want to jump the gun too much, but looks like the game might be afoot down in Harare town this afternoon. Tanks on their way in apparently and military road blocks according to Reuters et al.

The beginning of the end, the end of the beginning, or the start of something worse?
One bunch of crooks trying to replace the sitting bunch of crooks. Will end up being the usual African blood letting then all Britains's fault.
 
One bunch of crooks trying to replace the sitting bunch of crooks. Will end up being the usual African blood letting then all Britains's fault.
Next problem is IF the coup succeeds, what will the ANC do?
Will they support the new mob, or back jacob's old buddy Bob?
If they close the border, Zimbabwe is fcuked.
*note to self - stock up on cheap cigarettes ASAP*
 
Don't want to jump the gun too much, but looks like the game might be afoot down in Harare town this afternoon. Tanks on their way in apparently and military road blocks according to Reuters et al.

The beginning of the end, the end of the beginning, or the start of something worse?
I hope Mugabe & his wife go the way of Mussolini & Petacci.
 
Whatever happens in Zimbabwe the population will suffer. It appears to be a reaction by some to Graces grab for power. A rather unpleasant piece of work.

But, on the other side of the coin, Mnangagwa has been instrumental in past election violence. In the 2008 presidential runoff when Morgan Tsvangirai pulled out in response to a wave of killings and beatings.

As security minister Mnangagwa played a leading role in the Gukurahundi massacres which although they happened to the minority of which over 20,000 of the minority Ndebele disappeared or were killed has not been forgotten.
Gukurahundi Massacres: How it all began (Part 1) – Nehanda Radio

It was going to be next week when Mnangagwa supporters were planning to stage protests against Mugabe in Harare.

It seems to be a choice of what unpleasant leader will grab power next. The country will get no respite from the raping it is getting from those in power...or from those who will next seize it.
Explosions rock Zimbabwe, troops take over broadcaster as coup fears intensify
 
Notably though, the lead item on the ZBC state broadcaster's evening news bulletin was an anti-military rally by the youth wing of Mr Mugabe's ZANU-PF party — however the channel then missed its usual 11:00pm (local time) bulletin, without providing an explanation.
Yeah that's pretty big. Looks like it is a coup or coup attempt after all. I'm off to bed though.
 
Notably though, the lead item on the ZBC state broadcaster's evening news bulletin was an anti-military rally by the youth wing of Mr Mugabe's ZANU-PF party — however the channel then missed its usual 11:00pm (local time) bulletin, without providing an explanation.
Would it be an all out blood letting, or would be army stays loyal and treasonous officers tried and dispatched?
 
One hopes that in a relatively recent colony they will do a but more than a Mussolini. Specifically one expects at least a kangaroo court along the lines of Ceausescu.
 
My completely unfounded and baseless theory is that the army are clearing away all potential successors, leaving one of their own as heir apparent. They'll then keep ole Bobbo as a powerless figurehead until he karks it (which face it won't be long) and their man will be in prime position for an easy* transition.

*As easy as political transitions get in Africa
 
It must be an optical illusion then.
If you look at the size of the bore in relation to the chaps heads either side, it appears much larger.
Or maybe I just need a new pair of glasses.
That's due the photographer using a wide angle lens & the muzzle being several feet closer to the lens than their heads.
They're leaning on the glacis & the muzzle's about 8½ feet in front of the hull.
 
So, sh!thole African republic goes t!ts up and has a coup. This is news?

Will the 1st Arrse Rifles be reformed under Colonel Grumpy and step in to save the say arriving in a battered A400M stolen from Brize Norton and with lots of THOSE rifles and an unlimited supply of ammo?

Grumpy will be Colonel Allen Faulkner
Kinross will be Lieutenant Shawn Fynn
BravoBravo will be Captain Rafer Janders
Damanbugs will be Father Geoghegen
Old Yin will be Sergeant Jock McTaggart

Open to offers for the following parts:
Medic Arthur Witty
RSM Sandy Young
Good luck prising @Bravo_Bravo's fingers one by one from the rear party HQ door frame.

You'd have less fuss getting Mr T in a plane.
 
One hopes that in a relatively recent colony they will do a but more than a Mussolini. Specifically one expects at least a kangaroo court along the lines of Ceausescu.
Yep. If he dies in custody, etc it sets a bad precedent. The country has great potential and - inasmuch as a coup can be peaceful - a trouble free transition is needed.
Exile for Bob perhaps? House arrest?
 
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BBC had a fairly good report this morning:

Some contradiction as the Army have taken ZBC . However, it said this was not "a military takeover of government" and President Robert Mugabe was safe.
and

"We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes... that are causing social and economic suffering in the country. As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy."

Reporter went on to say that the criminals were from the ZANU-PF party. - Who are Bobs main supporters.


Hopefully this means it will be a bloodless coup and Bob is on his way out.


But there will still be a corrupt leader .

What I really do like is the quote from a party member....

The party said it would never succumb to military threats, and that it "reaffirms the primacy of politics over the gun".
 

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