According to army spokesman Major General Sibusiso Moyo, the Zimbabwean army took over the state broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) early yesterday morning to read out a statement denying there had been a military coup. In classic military coup double-speak, what had happened was there had been a "bloodless peaceful transition" of power.

Moyo said that the military crack-down underway was targeting "criminals" around Mugabe. Moya added that "as soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy". This, presumably, means that Mugabe will ‘resign’ as President and allow the army-friendly former Vice-President Mnangagwa to assume the presidency.