Governments in Malawi and the rest of Southern Africa are closely monitoring developments in Zimbabwe where the military has intervened in a power struggle that has rocked the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union known in short as Zanu-PF.
The announcement followed the sound of explosions early Wednesday morning after tanks and army vehicles drove into Harare and took over key government buildings and offices including the state controlled Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC).
According to international media reports, the military has placed President Robert Mugabe under house arrest in the capital Harare.
South African President Jacob Zuma spoke to Mugabe on the phone where he said he was fine.
The developments in Zimbabwe are moving swiftly after the recent expulsions of potential successors of the country’s 93 year old leader.
One of them is Emmerson Mnangagwa a former intelligence chief who was also the Vice President of the country.
He was purged after being regarded as a threat to Mugabe’s personally marked successor, his wife, Grace Mugabe.
Mnangagwa fled Zimbabwe last week and reports said he had fled to Malawi where he sought refuge.
Amid the unrest in the country, Mnangagwa tweeted on his personal account urging Zimbabweans to keep calm.
It read: "Zimbabweans stay calm &remain tuned to national news. I'm back in the country &will be quite busy over the next few days. My communication with you will now be via formal broadcasting channels so I'm unlikely to use the twitter handle. Thank you all for the support & solidarity".