The army should not impose another Mugabe on Zimbabweans - Marco Machona

Zimbabwe is engulfed by an atmosphere of uncertainty with reports that President Robert Mugabe and his family are under house arrest.

This follows the deployment of the military to the streets, in front of government offices, courts and parliament. The army, however, insists Mugabe and his family are safe.

Earlier on Wednesday, South African President Jacob Zuma, weighed in, noting with great concern the unfolding political situation in Zimbabwe, calling for calm and restraint.

Marco Machona, Founder of the African Democrats says he salutes the army despite what Zuma has said.

Machona believes what is happening in the neighbouring country is a 'safe coup', allowing Mugabe ample time to negotiate his family's safety and possibly plan his way out.

I have a love and hate relationship with the army, as this is the same army that has kept the dictator in power for a long time.

Marco Machona, Founder of the African Democrats

The army should not impose another Mugabe on Zimbabweans.

Marco Machona, Founder of the African Democrats

The army should protect Zimbabweans at large, allow democratic processes to take place and allow free and fair credible elections to take place.

Marco Machona, Founder of the African Democrats

Joy Mabenge of the Crisis in Zim Coalition, explains that there is no other term to label the events in Zimbabwe other than a military coup because the army has taken over the national broadcaster, the airport, and streets of Harare.

As we speak, the head of sitting government is no longer in charge and in control of government affairs.

Joy Mabenge, Regional Coordinator at Crisis in Zim Coalition

Mabenge goes on to say an immediate return to civilian and constitutional order is what's needed.

He says South Africa's role, as things stand, is to step in and facilitate dialogue as soon as possible.

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