Amid political uncertainty in Zimbabwe, the ruling ZANU-PF party has declared the ouster if Orwsidenr Robert Mugabe and his replacement by his sacked deputy, Emmerson Mnagngagwa.
The party, which cobfirned the situation on its Twitter account, also replaced Mugabe’s picture with that of the new leader.
The new leader also known as ‘The crocodile’ had been sacked on November 6, 2017.
It said the military did not carry out a coup but merely effected s “national democratic project.”
The party also said the country had had enough of 92-year-old Mugabe and his family and had desired to move forward.
It confirmed the detention of Mugabe and his family as well as some prominent members of his government and denied that the ‘coup’ was sponsored by a faction of ZANU-PF.
It said: “Zimbabwe has not had a coup. There has been a decision to intervene because our constitution had been undermined, in the interim Comrade E Mnagngawa will be president of ZANU PF as per the constitution of our revolutionary organisation.
“Last night the first family was detained and are safe, both for the constitution and the sanity of the nation this was necessary. Neither Zimbabwe nor ZANU are owned by Mugabe and his wife. Today begins a fresh new era and comrade Mnangagwa will help us achieve a better Zimbabwe.
“Contrary to international reports, the gallant Zimbabwean Army has not staged a COUP. There is n COUP in Zimbabwe. Neither is there crisis.
“The army is simply effecting a National Democratic Project and it’s doing so with peaceful aplomb.
“The Youth League would want to confirm the detention of Cde K Chipanga. His safety has been guaranteed & has implored us to comply with the National Democratic Project which is underway.
“We would also want to commend the military for conducting the NDP with minimal force.”
Mugabe has been in power since the country gained independence in 1980 and was reportedly planning to install his wife, Grace, as his successor.
His sacking of his deputy was seen by international observers as a huge mistake, given Mnagngagwa’s strong influence in the government.