Zimbabwe’s dictator Mugabe and his despised wife are ‘held’ by military in ‘bloodless transition’ of power

Zimbabwe’s leader Robert Mugabe and his wife have been detained by the military in a ‘bloodless transition’ of power – and the country’s deposed vice-president has returned from exile.

Mugabe’s decades-long grip on power appeared to be over this morning after military vehicles blocked roads outside the parliament in Harare and senior soldiers delivered a late-night television address to the nation.

Former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, a veteran of Zimbabwe’s 1970s liberation wars who was sacked by Mugabe earlier this month, has returned from exile. The dismissal left Mugabe’s wife Grace, 52, in prime position to succeed her husband as the next president – a succession strongly opposed by senior ranks in the military.

It was not clear this morning where Mugabe, 93, and his wife are being held, but the military said last night that their ‘security is guaranteed’.

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  • simus1

    Bob Mu &Co will no doubt be negotiating an immediate very large “contribution” to the senior military and police officers welfare fund in return for the unblemished but no doubt temporary “physical security of their persons”.

  • H

    I really thought that evil bastard would die in bed, and as president. But maybe there is a little justice in the world.

  • Ed

    Don Cherry has got to be lookin at those suits!

    • Clink9

      Ha, must have the same tailor.

  • Brett_McS

    I wonder if the new regime will be able to coax the white farmers to come back. It’s the only policy that matters.

    • Watchman

      I suspect that the anti-white pogrom will continue. One of the promises that Mugabe made to get into power was the promise that his military troops would be given farms after he was in power. In order to remain in power he was forced to keep this promise, and the whites are no longer in power and the rule of law is no longer operative – if you are white. As a result, it would require the whole government and bureaucracy to be dismantled and rebuilt to reintroduce the rule of law and also entice whites to come back to a county where they have been demonised since before 1975.

      • Brett_McS

        Even more bizarre was that Mugabe held back expropriation of white-owned farms longer than the other native/tribalist parties would have. Whatever he was, he wasn’t stupid.

    • canminuteman

      I doubt anything will change at all.

  • David Murrell

    Agreed. What strikes me is that why Mugabe — a aged billionaire crime lord — would not take his money and move to an extradition-proof country to life a safe, high life? I mean why press one’s luck?

    • Watchman

      You only ever hear about the dictators that didn’t do the ‘cut and run’, but in many societies with extended families and clan loyalty this ‘cut and run’ would generally mean the deaths of most of your clan if you left. “This isn’t Kansas anymore Toto”, and most of the world doesn’t have a small nuclear family like the US/Canada/Britain/Australia and has a low sense of clan responsibility outside this nuclear family.

      • Blind Druid

        “The type of government in these countries is a top down regime where money is collected at the highest levels and distributed in a nepotistic manner,” Just like the “First Nations” communities in Canada. With zero accountability.

    • Sid Falco

      I’d be very surprised if that old bastard Mugabe wasn’t a “personal friend” of Trudeau senior.

      • Watchman

        I guess Mugabe didn’t measure up to the despotic leader standard that Fidel Castro was, or maybe he didn’t have that ‘Communist Revolutionary’ tag that made Fidel so great in Trudeau’s eyes.

    • Clink9

      Don’t give them any ideas!

      • David Murrell

        Sid, Clink and Watchman: when there is a possible revolution in an oppressive dictatorship. interested third party countries — in the interest of avoiding bloodshed in brokering a deal — would offer the brutal dictator safe passage overseas. This has been done in the past.

        I get the fact that dictators have large extended families. In third-world countries, they cam become targets. In first-world democracies they are not targets. There are nephews and nieces of Adolph Hitler, and offspring of Stalin, who lived after those two died.

  • Watchman

    Looking at the picture, I’m sure that his wife married him for his good looks, his charm, and his ability to confiscate vast wealth from Zimbabwe whites without compensation.

  • Barrington Minge

    Here’s hoping they get the gun.

  • Spatchcocked

    Mandela referred to Mugabe as “comrade Bob”.

  • ontario john

    Just in time for Christmas, a new Planet of the Apes movie.

  • Spatchcocked

    I enjoyed the Ceausescu denouement very much……so fitting meet and proper.

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      His and his wife’s deaths by firing squad were the ultimate Christmas Day present to the people of Romania.

  • Millie_Woods

    “The military will return Zimbabwe to ‘genuine democracy’ and make the country a ‘modern model nation,’ said Chris Mutsvangwa, chairman of the war veterans’ association”

    ‘Genuine democracy’ and ‘model nation’. Those are the magic words to get the foreign aid flowing. Meanwhile nothing will change. Same shit, different pile.

    • J. C.

      ‘Genuine democracy’…??? In Africa?!?!?!

      Not a chance…

    • Malcolm Y

      He just opened his first Swiss bank account.

  • BillyHW

    Hooray, now we’re going to get another savage barbarian black dictator!

    • Drunk by Noon ✓

      No, I say they get a budding Jeffersonian style democracy. The Africans are naturally predisposed to small government libertarianism and egalitarianism in government.

      Ha ha ha! Just kidding. He will be a brutal kleptomaniac that also bathes in the blood of his own people. I hope the refugees overflowing into South Africa cause that place to burn to the ground too.

  • Hard Little Machine

    The EU should exfiltrate him so he can be their ambassador to Africa.

  • Bless his heart

    So the genocidal racist and tribalist atrocitiy committer has finally been removed from the tyranny the whites put him into with the help of his white and opposing tribes slaughtering supporters.

    He took his country from a productive breadbasket that helped feed much of Southern Africa to a country with starving people as there was ot enough food. And that is just one small part of his damage done.

  • Drunk by Noon ✓

    I hope they kill them both.

  • Malcolm Y

    Maybe they’ll give him the same treatment as, the late, Samuel Doe of Liberia.