Zimbabwe’s longtime president is “confined to his home,” South Africa’s president said Wednesday, leaving Robert Mugabe’s fate uncertain after what increasingly appears to be a military-backed effort to oust him after 37 years in power. Social media accounts report the mood is tense in Harare, the capital, as some businesses closed early.
Tanks rolled through Harare on Tuesday, a day after the head of Zimbabwe's armed forces, General Constantino Chiwenga, warned he would "step in" unless Mugabe stopped trying to purge the ruling ZANU-PF party of supporters of former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa. Dozens have been arrested since Mugabe fired the vice president on November 5. Zimbabwe's ruling party accused Chiwenga of "treasonable conduct" after that statement.