The Foreign Office in Zimbabwe has urged all British nationals in the capital to remain in the safety of their homes and or accommodation “due to the uncertain political situation”.
Those in Harare have also been told to keep away from any sort of political activity as “the authorities have sometimes used force to suppress demonstrations”.
Meanwhile, Emily Thornberry, Labour’s shadow foreign secretary, has urged the UK government to continue to provide “every assistance necessary” to all British citizens in Zimbabwe.
Amid the uncertainty of these ongoing events, three things are clear: First, a descent into violence, recrimination and reprisals from any direction must be avoided at all costs; second, the continuation of authoritarian rule does not represent a sustainable way forward for Zimbabwe, no matter which faction ends up in control; and third, it must ultimately be for the Zimbabwean people to determine their own future government through free, peaceful and democratic elections.”
Gen Moyo announced on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) TV that the military had seized power and that President Robert Mugabe was safe.
The state radio is relaying the audio feed from the TV.
They are reporting no other news.
Most of the songs are about the war waged by the country’s nationalist guerrillas against white-minority rule.
The word Chimurenga, which means revolution in the Shona language, has been repeatedly used in the songs.
The liberation struggle that ended white-minority rule was known as the Second Chimurenga.
The song Nesango, by Clive Malunga, in which the singer paid tribute to the country’s freedom fighters, has been repeatedly played by the broadcaster:
One of the songs aired is accompanied by a series of newspaper cuttings on the “chronology of Zimbabwe struggle”.
“The future of Zimbabwe is in our hands. The future is now. Zimbabwe, it is my responsibility,” said the lyrics of a song, with accompanying footage featuring tourism attraction sites, wildlife and schoolchildren.
The songs played are in the Shona and Ndebele local languages.
Meanwhile, the firing in Zimbabwe was coming from northern suburbs where Mr. Mugabe and a number of government officials live, reports from Harare.
A witness told AFP news agency it could be heard it near Mr. Mugabe’s residence in the suburb of Borrowdale early on Wednesday,
Some staff at ZBC were manhandled when the soldiers moved in, sources said.