If you are part of a Whatsapp group or an avid social media user, then mid last week, you would have started getting messages and seeing updates about tanks and military personnel making their way to Harare. On the back of Emmerson Mnangagwa’s recent sacking as Vice-President of Zimbabwe, the Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces General Constantino Chiwenga, released a statement and with the events the followed, many jumped to speculation of a military coup.
General Chiwenga’s Statement 13 November 2017
Early the next morning, there was apparent gun fire and explosions somewhere in Harare, the military went on to take over the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation and eventually made a statement outlining their motivations behind the actions they had taken.
Major General SB Moyo’s (Chief of Staff Logistics) Statement
So, #Mugabe and his family are safe. Who are the criminals around him that the #military is targeting?Who is causing #social and #economic #suffering in #Zimbabwe?
Posted by Living Zimbabwe on Tuesday, November 14, 2017
This fuelled the speculation even more with many seeing this as that the time finally coming where Mugabe’s reign comes to an end. Yes, there have been suggestions that this is the case. Offical statements have been released here and there but no definitive statement that outlines the way forward for Zimbabwe.
Very excitable times for many as many want to see Mugabe go and this could be it. On the same token, it is a stressful time for others because with Mugabe gone, their future is uncertain.
That said, we don’t really know what is going on behind closed doors. We don’t really know what the next few days will bring. Whatever the case may be, it is very clear that the masses want Mugabe gone! As we speak, there are thousands of people of all ages and races are marching in Harare and Bulawayo and freely expressing their sentiments.
People of Zimbabwe have spoken @kubatana @SAPST @povozim @cnni @ReutersWitness @Wamagaisa @usembassyharare @UKinZimbabwe @POTUS @BitiTendai @DougColtart @CitManifesto @Bulawayo24News @harumutasa @ pic.twitter.com/kR4AmxEZvS
— Open Parly ZW (@OpenParlyZw) November 18, 2017
— Cite (@citezw) November 18, 2017
— Linda T. Masarira (@lilomatic) November 18, 2017
After the march everyone will make their way back home and continue on with their lives. At the end of the day, families need to be fed, bills need to be paid and day to day life has to go on. As far as our leadership is concerned, we don’t as yet know what is going to happen in the short or long time. Some people are getting over excited and on the verge of making irrational decisions. If you aren’t directly link with what is going on between the powers that be, don’t forget to get on with what you need to do to live your life. The challenges that you were facing yesterday may still be there today and may still need to be tackled tomorrow!