[LISTEN] Retired Zimbabwean colonel shares his perspective on current 'coup'

The Southern African Development Community (SADC) announced on Thursday that an urgent summit is to take place this weekend in Botswana.

The purpose of this summit is an attempt to resolve an alleged coup in Zimbabwe.

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The envoy appointed by South African President Jacob Zuma met with Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwe Defence Force (ZDF).

The 93-year-old leader appears to be refusing to step down.

Stephen Grootes spoke to retired Lieutenant Colonel Martin Rupiya to get his perspective on the matter.

The method that has been adopted is something that has created a very interesting impasse, on the one hand you have the characteristics of a coup but very carefully in this power struggle within the ruling party the Zanu PF is an attempt to create a succession in which the president is requested to step down, he has refused to go created a number of condition...

Martin Rupiya , Retired Lieutenant Colonel and Associate Professor at the Institute for African Renaissance Studies at Unisa

In theory there is a clear disconnect between the executive and the military. Constitutionally the fellow still remains in charge.

Martin Rupiya , Retired Lieutenant Colonel

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