Reports: Army has cordoned off state broadcaster ZBC, major arteries in Harare

File Picture: Soldiers perform drills in Zimbabwe
File Picture: Soldiers perform drills in Zimbabwe

Heavily armed military personnel in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare have reportedly cordoned off premises of the state TV broadcaster ZBC as well as major arteries into the country’s capital Harare.

A few hours ago videos began circulating on social media showing army tankers along Harare – Chinhoyi road travelling from Inkom Barracks destined for the capital.

Soldiers and army personnel were also seen travelling along other roads while seemingly setting up check points.

The Chinhoyi – Harare road was closed off completely. We are not able to confirm if it has now been opened again.

Three different sources reported to Khuluma Afrika that heavily armed soldiers had cordoned off ZBC premises as well.

The exact reasons for these movements are unclear at this point.

Update:

  • We have received information that KG6, the military headquarters has now been sealed off as well. People are not allowed to enter or leave.

Update:

  • We were able to confirm that there was intermittent military presence and that a blockade was never in place, although entrance was restricted periodically for unknown reasons. Reports have continued throughout the night stating that the station is under siege. This is not the case however.

    Could not supply a better picture, but this is the entrance to ZBC taken around 00:20.
    Could not supply a better picture, but this is the entrance to ZBC taken around 00:20.