Zimbabwe army takes control of Harare but denies coup against Mugabe – live

Announcement by military on state broadcaster says President Robert Mugabe and family are safe but army is ‘targeting criminals around him’

Only at the president’s office in central Harare is there an indication of dramatic change. A single soldier is stationed at nearby junctions turning traffic away, a correspondent in Harare reports.

“Although a little bit scary, I think this is good for us. It has been a long time, we are going through a lot of hardships,” a fruit and vegetable seller in downtown Harare tells the Guardian’s correspondent.

Samaz said he had worked his whole life in a job he did not want to stay in because there was nothing better for him. “My beard is grey and I am still in the street,” he says.

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