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Zimbabwe Minus Mugabe is What?

As Mugabe's reign comes to an end, we ask what's next?

Zimbabweans woke up this morning to a country forever changed. After 37 years, Robert Mugabe has, for all intents and purposes, been deposed. His wife, Grace Mugabe, the pretender to the throne, is on the run—rumor has it she's in Namibia—and the former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa aka "The Crocodile" has returned to lead the country.

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Updated: What is Happening in Zimbabwe?

Zimbabwe is almost certainly going through a coup right now.

We are updating this post as news comes in.

Update 10:20 PM EST:

Soldiers from the Zimbabwean armed forces have been deployed across Harare and taken over the national broadcaster. In a contradictory announcement, the army claims that this is not a military takeover and that Mugabe and his family is safe. None of this has been verified as of this time.

Here are the army representatives on ZBC:

The troop deployment comes after the Zanu-PF accused General Constantino Chiwenga of "treasonable conduct" earlier today. There have also been reports of heavy artillery fire in Harare's northern suburbs and at least one news agency is reporting gunfire close to Mugabe's private residence.

Update 9:25 PM EST: According to Pindula News Zimbabwean Defense Forces Commander General Constantino Chiwenga just appeared on ZBC, the national broadcaster. As reported by Pindula:

In his address ZDF Commander General Constantino Chiwenga says that it is not a military takeover. He urges soldiers on leave to report to their barracks with immediate effect. Chiwenga also said that President Robert Mugabe and his family's safety is assured but they are targeting "criminals around him". He urged Zimbabweans to remain calm and warned that any form of violence will be dealt with accordingly.

Update 9:17 PM EST: Reuters and the BBC are reporting that Zimbabwean soldiers have been deployed across Harare and taken over the national broadcaster in what is looking more and more like a full-blown coup. This comes after the Zanu-PF accused General Constantino Chiwenga of "treasonable conduct" earlier today. There are also reports of heavy artillery fire in Harare's northern suburbs and at least one news agency is reporting gunfire close to Mugabe's private residence.

According to ZBC staff reached by Reuters, the were manhandled when soldiers occupied the premises early in the early morning hours. The US Embassy in Zimbabwe has also announced that they will be closed to the public Nover 15, due to "ongoing uncertainty."


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Kenya's Mysterious #EyewitnessChallenge is a Welcome Distraction

We speak with the meme's originator and ask "has Cyrus Kabiru done the #EyewitnessChallenge yet?"

If you hang out on the goofy fringes of Kenyan social media like we do, you will have been inundated with images from the #EyewitnessChallenge, a meme dedicated to mocking a man who shows up at disaster sites with a unique pair of futuristic sunglasses.

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