Three workers in Zimbabwe's capital tell Reuters they hope for peace after the country's military seize power to target ''criminals'' around President Mugabe. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Some residents in Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, hoped for peace after Zimbabwe's military seized power early on Wednesday (November 15) targeting "criminals" around President Robert Mugabe. Soldiers and armored vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament and the courts in central Harare, while taxis ferried commuters to work nearby, a Reuters witness said. Neither Mugabe nor his wife Grace, who has been vying to succeed her husband as president, have been seen or heard from. Soldiers deployed across the Zimbabwe capital Harare on Tuesday (November 14) and seized the state broadcaster after Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party accused the head of the military of treason, prompting frenzied speculation of a coup. Just 24 hours after military chief General Constantino Chiwenga threatened to intervene to end a purge of his allies in Mugabe's ZANU-PF, a Reuters reporter saw armored personnel carriers on main roads around the capital.