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The military coup in Zimbabwe, explained

On November 14th 2017, Zimbabwe military troops drove tanks into the capital city, Harare. “Military police on tank, this is happening in Harare. ” “Wow! It’s real guys, it is real.” They patrolled the streets, blocked access
to government buildings, and took over the state television station to insist…. This is not a military takeover of government. But it clearly was. Troops invaded the presidential palace and put the president, Robert Mugabe in custody. “…Comrade Robert Mugabe, and his family are safe and sound, and their security is guaranteed.” When you hear that a military coup has happened,
it’s common to assume that the result is a transfer of power… But in this case… it’s clear there is
no revolution. It’s merely an internal fight among the
country’s elites. Zimbabwe is one of the most corrupt countries
in the world; and what we’re seeing is a fight to keep it that way… As soon as we have accomplished our mission,
we expect that the situation will return to normalcy.” Once praised as a war hero, Robert Mugabe
helped Zimbabwe win independence from Great Britain in 1980. He became president under Zimbabwe’s new
constitution with the wide support of the people. But soon, he digressed into a repressive dictator He secured his power through aggression and
threats, there have been reports of state-sponsored torture and killings. Now that Mugabe is 93 years old, and reportedly
in poor health, the fight for political influence is more intense than ever. And it’s caused a split in Mugabe’s own
party, the ZANU-PF. On one side we have the old guard lead by
Mugabe’s sacked vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa. Like Mugabe, he fought for Zimbabwe’s independence
and has a checkered past that includes human rights abuses against political opponents
and ethnic minorities. As an old friend of Mugabe’s and vice president
since 2014, Mnangagwa was the heir-apparent for many years. But that all changed on November 6th when
Mugabe’s government said Mnangagwa had exhibited “traits of disloyalty” and fired him. This seemed to indicate Mugabe’s support
for another successor; Grace Mugabe his own wife. She has recently risen within the party, but
is extremely unpopular nationwide, mostly due to her expensive shopping habits, which
earned her the nickname, Gucci Grace. The military has sided with Mnangagwa. “that when it comes to matters
of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in.” On November 15th they did just that, taking
control of the capital in what they deemed “a guardian coup”; to protecting the Zimbabwe
people and “democracy”. But their interests are more self-motivated;
they want to secure their own power. They have control over lucrative farm and
mining operations and access to foreign currency. To keep this power, they need a united ZANU-PF,
who face elections scheduled for 2018. What’s missing in all this? The people of Zimbabwe. Whoever ends up in charge… Mnangagwa, the military, or Grace Mugabe …. corruption will continue. All these actors are want to keep the status
quo. But for the general population; the status quo is a destroyed economy. the status quo is a society of unequal opportunity. During Mugabe’s 37 years of leadership,
massive corruption was commonplace. There have been repeated allegations of Mugabe and his cabinet embezzling money from mining and diamond industries. Mugabe even won the “state owned” lottery
in 2000. Transparency International estimates that
Zimbabwe loses $1billion per year to corruption. All the while Zimbabwe’s economy suffered. The poverty rate is at 72%. Inflation has reached peaks of 231,000,000%
!!!!! …. With GDP growth, stagnant. This has made Zimbabwe one of the most economically
unequal countries in the world. A problem it shares with much of the region. Studies show that “low levels of economic
growth and high levels of poverty are common conditions in African countries that experience military coups. In fact, 36% of all coup attempts since 1950
have occurred in Africa. The problem is coups rarely address these
problems. Military coups in Niger (2010), Burkina Faso
(2014) and Burundi (2015) were attempts by leaders to extend their term limits. While coups in Guinea (2008) and Togo (2005)
were sparked by competition over succession. The same appears to be happening in Zimbabwe, What’s uncertain in the near future is Zimbabwe’s political leadership. What’s certain is that politicians fight over their own self-interests and those of the people are forgotten.

Tony wyaad



  1. Vox Posted on November 21, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    UPDATE: On Tuesday, November 21, Robert Mugabe resigned as President of Zimbabwe.

  2. Eternal Apparatus Posted on March 20, 2019 at 8:37 am

    Independence from Britain in 1980 ? Wtf ? You mean to say when Rhodesia became Zimbabwe . Rhodesia was not Britain. Disinformation.

  3. VietcongHere2banzai Posted on March 20, 2019 at 11:22 am

    Make zimbabwe rhodesia again

  4. Nick Leonetti Posted on March 23, 2019 at 3:14 am

    Better under the white Rhodesian government

  5. Anand Varghese Posted on March 23, 2019 at 9:00 am

    Salute to vox, they have one of the best editors

  6. P an Posted on March 23, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    It didn't win its independence in 1980. Mugabe took over power from Rhodesia, the much, much better predecessor of Zimbabwe. You know, the time when Rhodesia was the literal breadbasket of Africa, when everyone had a decent income, both whites and Africans, and most importantly, when the unemployment rate wasn't standing at over 95% and the currency had an inflation rate of 11,200,000% with the issue of 100 billion notes!

    Yet, "muh oppression". If it is "muh oppression", then why do Zimbabweans want Ian Smith, the "oppressor", back?

    Yeah. It's because he made Rhodesia great. Everything was better under Ian Smith. Infrastructure, the economy, society, everything. There were no tensions between whites and Africans. And the Africans want Smith and Rhodesia back. Do all of these tell you something?

  7. jake soto Posted on March 24, 2019 at 6:20 am

    Zero recognition of Rhodesia and the conflict before Zimbabwe existed

  8. 'Anjaana' 'Mimi' Posted on March 27, 2019 at 7:00 pm


  9. Hsutheguard Posted on March 29, 2019 at 9:00 am


  10. Faris Maric Posted on March 30, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Rhodesia Intensifies

  11. World Conquer Fox News Posted on April 1, 2019 at 12:23 am

    no mention of rhodesia, of course

  12. TAIPIZZALORD Posted on April 5, 2019 at 7:18 pm


  13. Ravindra K Posted on April 6, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Rhodesia long live

  14. Foudilain Posted on April 7, 2019 at 6:12 pm

    Rhodesian times were gold compared to what Zimbabwe is now.

  15. some stickman boi Posted on April 8, 2019 at 10:59 pm

    I love how people that were filmed were so calm when the coup happened

  16. Kakto Tak Posted on April 11, 2019 at 11:31 am

    Well, at least they aren't ruled by a white minority anymore. That's the most important thing.

  17. Mohamed Musse Posted on April 11, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Mugabe win the Lottery?😂

  18. Asian_Albert Posted on April 13, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Let's be honest most black majority countries have all failed and regress back to violent, war filled, hell holes

  19. Godgutten Posted on April 13, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Rhodesia 2.0 when

  20. mac mittens Posted on April 15, 2019 at 9:35 pm

    It's always the same.they get a military and then overthrow the dictator that spends all the tax money on BMW n LV

  21. Abdirizak Ismail Posted on April 18, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Mugabe will also be legend in our Africa

  22. Raf Alvarez Posted on April 21, 2019 at 2:59 am

    usa intervention ?

  23. Borocay ' Posted on April 24, 2019 at 1:22 am

    Vox doesn't even recognize Rhodesia what a joke

  24. Alexander Roberts Posted on April 25, 2019 at 9:39 am

    Rhodesians never die!

  25. Nicole Taylor Posted on April 25, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    wait did they really say their PRESIDENT won the LOTTERY.

  26. Nicole Taylor Posted on April 25, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    They should have stayed a British colony to tell the truth

  27. Hrvavik Posted on May 14, 2019 at 9:27 pm

    Rhodesia anyone?

  28. Natasha Paige Cortez Posted on May 17, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Remember Rhodesia!

  29. Christopher Boi Posted on May 20, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    Shutup liberal

  30. Leo Conchola Posted on May 23, 2019 at 5:43 am

    O don't blame them for doing it Zimbabwe wanted change

  31. XXNOSESCOPERXX Posted on May 28, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    Rhodesia was an independent state Britain had no control over it do you not do research

  32. SGT FOXSHOT Posted on May 28, 2019 at 6:16 pm

    What the flip

  33. SilverBladeHero 15 Posted on May 31, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    I will be severely disappointed if there isn't a least 1000 comments trolling for Rhodesia

  34. timothy timzy Posted on June 3, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    0:48 dude tells the truth lol

  35. TheAmericanTroopie Posted on June 5, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    I love how whenever there’s a video on Zimbabwe and it’s background. Nobody ever seems to bring up Rhodesia…..

  36. listerone Posted on June 7, 2019 at 11:19 am

    Forty years ago what was then "Rhodesia" was the breadbasket of Africa.Today,"Zimbabwe" is the recipient of huge amounts of international aid. What changed?

  37. Ansel Tan Posted on June 7, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    1:01 Mugabe did NOT help win indepence from Great Britain! IAN SMITH did that to establish the prosperous nation of Rhodesia, which Mugabe and his cronies terrorized and destroyed

  38. steeve steeve Posted on June 9, 2019 at 1:16 am

    The wife of current president of Somalia is called Mrs Gucci🤔 something common in this wives.

  39. heaty007 Posted on June 9, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    I am the Blacklion and I will rule Africa.

    I am running for president of Zimbabwe. Once in power I will rename my position and become Pharaoh

  40. Jonathy James Posted on June 9, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    They should have kept it as Rhodesia tbh

  41. The Arctic Gamer Posted on June 11, 2019 at 5:30 am

    This wouldn't be an issue if Rhodesia was still around.

  42. Brian Colfer Posted on June 11, 2019 at 8:53 am

    He won the state owned lotto hmmmmm

  43. Utkarssh B Posted on June 22, 2019 at 11:03 am

    2:14 Gucci Grace

    Lil Pump: I am Comin' for ya

    P.S- Lil Pump-Gucci Grace(Ft. Robert Mugabe and The Crocodile)
    Produced by Gucci Grace Mugabe

  44. 4SP3CT Posted on June 24, 2019 at 6:43 pm

    Mnangagwa is a d he took our money in Zimbabwe

  45. Lord Nerdecon Posted on June 25, 2019 at 5:53 pm

    In my school in Al Barsha St., Dubai, U.A.E. one member of the school staff is Zimbabwean and he's friends with my dad. He's an IT guy in the school but apparently I found out that he was also a bodyguard for the Zimbabwean president. Things are connected in really weird ways in this world.

  46. Noah Thompson Posted on June 27, 2019 at 11:29 pm


  47. Maluhia808 Posted on June 29, 2019 at 10:53 pm

    Long live RHODISIA

  48. Fa Prava Posted on June 29, 2019 at 11:21 pm

    Are we as western viewers supposed to get involved? How would we get involved? Stop propagating news of internal affairs of foreign countries that have nothing to not only do with us but things that are pertinent to specific countries with specific cultural and political details that we don't understand or care about or have nothing to do with us. You are just nosy

  49. Felis John Posted on July 7, 2019 at 3:33 am

    I believe the whites men is created the coup in Zimbabwe, because whites poeple is number one of creat coup in black countries like haiti for example, whites people must stay away from black people for a better life, they are creat poverties in all black nations , they are a cursed to the black race, law stay away is place for black and white.

  50. British Patriot Posted on July 7, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    Long live mugabe

  51. lillian mhandu Posted on July 8, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    I AM A PROUDLY ZIMBABWEAN will always be stop lying to yourself that because we chased away white farmers here thats why our economic is going down WRONG it is because of corruption we have other AFRICAN COUNTRIES WHO STILL HAVE WHITE FARMERS but they are strugling poor nothing going on so .dont tell me about white farmer totaly dont need them my zimbabwe is rich in diamonds gold and other minerals example next to my fathers farm gold was poping out of nowhere to bad i was not around many beacame instant rich 2 zimbabwe made $US15 billion from daimonds last year the money disappeared without a trace up untill today its just that we have uneducated old corupt leaders who dont want to leave power just like the rest of african leaders . my zimbabwe my land will rise again once we get rid of old leaders .MUGABE WILL ALWAYS BE MY HERO THE FACT THAT HE FOUGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM FROM THOSE DEVIL U CALL RHODESIANS IS ENOUGH THE REST IS HISTORY. I LOVE U MUGABE aka GUSHUNGO .

  52. Iyad Sham Posted on July 9, 2019 at 8:01 am

    Why USA and Allied did not kill the dictator Mugabè.???? .
    They killed Sadam Hussien .
    They killed Khadafi .

  53. biker Posted on July 11, 2019 at 3:22 am

    If it had staid as Rhodesia it would not be having these problems !

  54. otis Posted on July 11, 2019 at 4:40 am

    people are very happy to act like heros while stealing from their own communities. the economic destruction is self made,poor government

  55. Guled Abdi Posted on July 11, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    thumbnails looks like mugabe opening his blindfolds.

  56. Mayengo Chris Posted on July 19, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    This is similar to what is happening in Uganda of late….there is obvious monocracy !

  57. Felis John Posted on July 26, 2019 at 4:52 am

    The United States ambasador paid for it

  58. Stanely Munemo Posted on July 26, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    We Regret Supporting The Coup

  59. datguy overdere Posted on July 28, 2019 at 7:59 am

    This dude's totally loving the opioids

  60. Joris v Gilst Posted on July 29, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    "This is not a military take over of the government."

    he says while taking over multiple government buildings a telling it over national telivision

  61. Mouthana Sid Ahmed Posted on July 30, 2019 at 10:51 am

    Can you do a video about the situation in Sudan (Demonstrations – Divide in Army – Ascending of the RSF (Janjaweed) to the power)?

  62. anish. Posted on July 31, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    India would be the same one day after Narender Modi"s Govt

  63. Felis John Posted on August 2, 2019 at 2:05 am

    Black men need to stop get money from the western devil's to destroyed theirs own nations. This coup was paid by theirs enemies from the western , all coup in black countries Got European behind them paid big money to poor black to created problems.

  64. Joshua Джошуа Posted on August 2, 2019 at 9:43 am

    Oh Zimbabwe ruins it ….

  65. Maxwell Harris Posted on August 5, 2019 at 4:03 am

    There is no Zimbabwe, only occupied Rhodesia

  66. Liam Ryan Posted on August 10, 2019 at 12:57 am

    They did not win independence from Britain, the Africans under Mugabe appealed to the UN to have majority rule in place against RHODEISA. Rhodeisa since Ian Smith had become more and more distant, like South Africa. If anythint, it was a coup supported by the UN as both options would tear down the developing independent nation of Rhodesia

  67. GSXR 750 Posted on August 11, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    White man's fault….

  68. Matthew Bradley Posted on August 13, 2019 at 1:37 am

    the only way for racism to stop is for white people to be in permanant black face

  69. Henry Mpofu Posted on August 13, 2019 at 6:45 am

    They told us it was was an act of freedom. Now we're back, in a position worse than we could imagine

  70. Anya Animations Posted on August 21, 2019 at 11:52 am

    Zimbabwe should kick him out and vote for ANOTHER president

  71. Abdullah Karim Posted on August 24, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    We loved Mcgambe he stood up to the White European Powers.

  72. Hakeem Sd70M Posted on August 25, 2019 at 8:59 am

    The military coup in Zimbabwe explained: the West, most likely United States or the United Kingdom, send end some of their political Stooges to oust legitimately elected president Mugabe from office… why does this story sound so familiar???

  73. höpö nasu Posted on August 27, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Free Rhodesia – drive out the bad ppl and resotre the legal governament that existed in 1980.

  74. Randy Cheow Posted on August 28, 2019 at 7:39 am

    I bet Ian Smith is smiling in heaven while watching this

  75. Theexio Posted on August 28, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    to be frank with ya'll, I clicked on this video because I thought it was Samuel L. Jackson. I know it's hard to believe but it's true.

  76. ramasodi Malete Posted on August 29, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    that's a lot of red there, for Southern Africa on the inequality diagram. South Africa is the most unequal nation in the world.

  77. Reagan Bond Posted on August 30, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Rhodesia declared independence, mugabe did nothing but ruin the country and exile Europeans and destroyed western culture, the very thing keeping them alive, now they starve. Mugabe is a racist dictator, rhodesia was Africa's only hope and he destroyed it.

  78. Dejonae 5683 Posted on August 31, 2019 at 9:30 pm

    Gucci Grace lol

  79. Betsy Posted on September 1, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Well very good attempt at saying mnangagwa 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

  80. Larry Silverstein Posted on September 2, 2019 at 11:18 am


  81. Adidonu joy Sautudina Posted on September 5, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Africa the land of corruption

  82. Kwan Linus Posted on September 6, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Update: Robert Mugabe died in Singapore at the age of 95

  83. PaŃaH Mat Posted on September 6, 2019 at 10:06 am

    Rest In Peace Mr Mugabe

  84. Luxembourgish Empire Posted on September 6, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Update: Robert Mugabe has died

  85. Joshua Marshall Posted on September 6, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Africa: has large taxable population
    Also Africa: let's keep em poor.

  86. Skaya Lê Posted on September 6, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    Sounds like a great story for a new far cry game

  87. Koko Stojanoski Posted on September 6, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    Mugabe is dead Finally Zimbabwe is free from evil

  88. Charles putnam1982 Posted on September 7, 2019 at 4:14 am

    "Mugabe well arrived !"
    signed Idi Amin, Muammar Kadhafi, Ayatollah Khomeini, Hugo Chavez, Mobutu, Kabila, Bokassa & Co.

  89. Charles putnam1982 Posted on September 7, 2019 at 4:21 am

    Independence from the UK to depen-dense on Mugabe

  90. D W Posted on September 7, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Wait he won the lottery?!?! Are you serious?! If trump won the lottery he would be hung..

  91. TheCouchSamurai Posted on September 7, 2019 at 7:52 pm

    Yeah I’m watching this after he died

  92. Obi # Posted on September 8, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    He just died couple of days ago. Rip Mugabe

  93. Војвода Милош Рибарски Posted on September 8, 2019 at 10:15 pm



  94. McGrilla Tang Posted on September 9, 2019 at 1:11 pm


  95. RNRENTPROMO Posted on September 12, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Vox you forget to mention the sanctions it suffered, because they kicked out the people that stole their land. Be honest