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The crocodile snaps back

Mnangagwa and Mugabe attend a youth interface rally in Gweru in September this year.  Stringer/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images
Mnangagwa and Mugabe attend a youth interface rally in Gweru in September this year. Stringer/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Along with the early morning mist, a mood of quiet elation enveloped Harare as news spread that President Mugabe was under house arrest

During the night of 14-15 November Zimbabwe Defence Forces soldiers were posted to strategic points in the capital, such as the police headquarters, the Central Intelligence Organisation, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and The Herald newspaper. The lead authors of the military action – sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and General Constantino Chiwenga – had prepared the ground for the operation and troops encountered little resistance at the barracks of the Presidential Guard and its commander Brigadier-General Anselem Sanyatwe. Neutralising them was the first part of the military action, we understand.

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