State broadcasters have been playing patriotic songs from the independence period of the 1980s and re-broadcasting Major-General Sibusiso Moyo’s statement.
Major-General Moyo announced on Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) TV that the military had seized power and that President Robert Mugabe was safe.
The state radio is relaying the audio feed from the TV.
They are reporting no other news.
Most of the songs are about the war waged by the country’s nationalist guerrillas against white-minority rule.
The word Chimurenga, which means revolution in the Shona language, has been repeatedly used in the songs.
The liberation struggle that ended white-minority rule was known as the Second Chimurenga.
The song Nesango, by Clive Malunga, in which the singer paid tribute to the country’s freedom fighters, has been repeatedly played by the broadcaster: