Grace Mugabe, the wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, is reported to have fled the country for neighboring Namibia, according to reports from The Independent UK.
Her husband is under house arrest in the southern African country’s capital, Harare, after the Zimbabwean military took control of the government. Zimbabwean army generals seized power and detained senior officials, including Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo, as part of a round-up of alleged “criminals.”
It is unclear how Mrs. Mugabe was able to make her escape.
An army spokesman said on state television that Mr. Mugabe and his family were being held in a “safe and secure place” while soldiers carried out operations in Harare, which followed a day of high tension between General Constantino Chiwenga, the army commander, and Mr. Mugabe’s ruling Zanu-PF. “We are targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country,” Major General SB Moyo, chief of staff logistics, said. “As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.”
The story is developing.