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'Zimbabweans haven’t been this happy since 1980 independence' – Zimbabwean MP

16 November, 04:26 PM

Tshidi Madia, News24

Zimbabwe's only independent member of Parliament and former Zanu-PF member, Temba Mliswa, says citizens in that country are happy that their lives have been placed in the hands of the military.

The Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) on Wednesday announced that it had taken over the country and was keeping the country's president, Robert Mugabe, and his family under guard at his home, as the military was getting rid of the "criminals around Mugabe".

On Monday the ZDF warned the 93-year-old leader that it would intervene if he continued purging party veterans in a bid to see his wife, Grace Mugabe, become his successor.

The takeover, which has largely been described as a coup, also saw the arrest of several ministers and members of the so-called "Generation 40" group within the ruling party.

The faction is believed to have been working to ensure Mugabe's recently fired vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa would never ascend to the presidency.

"Even if there was a coup, people would celebrate. This is the biggest celebration after 1980 independence. The people of Zimbabwe have been oppressed, the democracy that was there has been violent," said Mliswa, who insists that a coup did not take place in his home country.

He said the army was following its mandate of stepping in to preserve the interests of Zimbabweans.

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