Zimbabwe Crisis: EU, Germany, South Africa, others react

Zimbabwe Military take over (Photo Credit: BBC)
Zimbabwe Military take over (Photo Credit: BBC)

The recent development in Zimbabwe is “a matter of concern” for the European Union, European Commission spokeswoman, Catherine Ray, said on Wednesday in Brussels.

“We call on all the relevant players to move from confrontation to dialogue with the aim to a peaceful crisis resolution,’’ Ms. Ray said.

She also stressed that “fundamental rights” of citizens and the country’s “constitutional order and democratic governance” needed to be upheld.

Also reacting, Germany called for all sides to show restraint in Zimbabwe after the military seized power, saying it is targeting “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe.

“We see developments there with concern … The situation there is confusing and unclear,” a Foreign Ministry spokesman told a regular government news conference in Berlin.

South African President Jacob Zuma urged Zimbabwe’s military not to make “unconstitutional changes of government,” hours after the army took control of the capital, Harare.

Mr. Zuma, also speaking on behalf of the Southern African Development Community, demanded the military and government “resolve the political impasse amicably,” while calling for “calm and restraint.”

The unfolding political situation in Zimbabwe was of great concern,” Mr. Zuma said.

The United States late Tuesday encouraged its citizens in Zimbabwe to take shelter and said it was closing its embassy to the public amid unconfirmed reports that a coup against President Robert Mugabe was underway.

“As a result of the ongoing political uncertainty through the night, the ambassador has instructed all employees to remain home tomorrow,” the embassy said on its website.

“US government personnel have been instructed to shelter in their residences tonight,” it continued, adding that its citizens were advised to “shelter in place” until further notice.

There were reports late Tuesday that the military was attempting to depose the president after a day in which tanks were seen heading towards Harare and there was a noticeable increase of troops on the capital’s streets.

Tensions have been raised in Zimbabwe since last week when Mr. Mugabe fired his vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

On Monday, top general Constantino Chiwenga had warned Mr. Mugabe that the army would intervene if the president continued to expel former liberation fighters who supported Mr. Mnangagwa.

(dpa/NAN)


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  • tsunami1earthquake

    All these statements are hypocritical. The so-called ‘advisers’ from the various parts of the world like what is happening in Zimbabwe. They are only speaking from the two corners of their mouth.

    • ochulele

      U said it all my brother

  • obiora

    Arabs are down all the changes in Arab Countries bring to them negative and not positive. So I do not see something good for Zimbabwens from what Army is doing. Afrika is in Trouble.

  • thusspokez

    The western media and the ‘Rhodesians, would be hoping that President Mugabe is removed, but they will be disappointed. The Zimbabwean army doesn’t want to interrupt democracy, hence it is mindful that people don’t call this a coup.

    The Zimbabwean army only wants to make sure that “criminals”, “mad woman” aka ‘Gucci Grace’ (who was born in South Africa) does not become the next president of Zimbabwean. And I totally agree with the army. Mrs Grace Mugabe, who recently dodged an assault charge in South Africa is just too unstable to lead a country.

    • Jimi

      Those who make peaceful change impossible make violent change inevitable.

    • Jimi

      No genuine form of democracy allows a man or woman for that matter to be in office for 37 years. Mugabe was in office in violation of the genuine constitution. He has now become a victim of his own illegality. Other sit tight presidents like Yoweri Museveni, Paul Biya and Theodore Obiang should watch out.

      • thusspokez

        No genuine form of democracy allows a man or woman for that matter to be in office for 37 years

        UK is a democracy and its head of state has been in power for 65 years.

  • Jimi

    Democracy my foot! One man in power for 37 years.

  • Jimi

    Watch out YOWERI MUSEVENI, PAIL BIYA and THEORDORE OBONG.

  • Otile

    To date this is the second military takeover in Africa that has liberated people from corrupt predators. The first liberation takeover was successfully carried out by Capt Rawllings in Gold Coast, since then life has returned to normalcy in Ghana. Other dysfunctional born to rule dinosaurs like old Paul Biya, Theodore Mbassogo Ndong, Imam Mohamed Buhari, and that_fool in Togoland need to be pushed out for Africa to progress.