SADC Troika Assesses Situation in Zimbabwe

The SADC Organ Troika Plus Council Meeting

The SADC Organ Troika Plus Council Meeting

AU Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat said in a statement on Wednesday the AU was closely monitoring developments in Zimbabwe after the military seized power from the government, Xinhua reported.

In a statement, Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari urged all political and military stakeholders in Zimbabwe to avoid any action that may plunge the country into unnecessary conflict and impact negatively on the region.

Guterres "stresses the importance of resolving political differences through peaceful means and dialogue, and in line with the country's constitution", he added.

The Zimbabwean military took over the country following days of war words between Mugabe, Zanu-PF and the military, since Mugabe dismissed Emmerson Mnangagwa as vice-president and subsequently expelled him from Zanu-PF.

The meeting of the heads of state of the 15-nation Southern African Development Community is widely seen as essential to giving Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe a dignified exit from power.

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But military leaders said on state TV that they were not taking over the government, but "targeting criminals around" Mugabe, and that Mugabe and his family were safe.

The paper published images of Mugabe meeting with ZDF Commander Gen. Constantaino Chiwenga, South African Defense Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, and South African State Security Minister Bongani Bongo.

President Jacob Zuma, in his capacity as Chair of SADC, is sending Special Envoys to Zimbabwe and Angola in light of the unfolding situation in the Republic of Zimbabwe.

The United States is seeking "a new era" for Zimbabwe , the State Department's top official for Africa said on Thursday, implicitly calling on long-time President Robert Mugabe to step aside as a political crisis mounts.

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