Zimbabwe Ruling Party Calls Military Chief's Comments Treasonous

Aaron Brown
November 15, 2017

Chiwenga had demanded that Mugabe stop purges of senior party figures, including vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa who was dismissed last week.

eNCA's Zimbabwean correspondent Pindai Dube confirmed the tanks were visible in the streets of Harare, with sources indicating it was a "show of force" rather than a coup.

The general added that the conduct of the ruling party could not be seen merely as being an internal matter because it had a direct impact on the welfare of all Zimbabweans.

Mnangagwa had always been tipped as Mugabe's most likely successor but has in recent months increasingly come into conflict with first lady Grace Mugabe, who is vying to replace the 93-year-old president.

Following General Constantine Chiwenga's decision to challenge Mugabe's mistreatment of former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zanu PF has fired back at the army stating that the military boss is guilty of mishandling $15billion in diamond revenues.

Despite the reports of the tanks, Zimbabwe's ruling party Zanu PF took to Twitter to deny rumours of a coup.

Thanks for your concerns, there is NO coup happening in Zimbabwe.

The crisis comes at a time when Zimbabwe faces severe economic problems.

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Mugabe, 93, one of the longest ruling leaders in the world, came to power in 1980 during the country's war of liberation against white-run former British colony Rhodesia.

"We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that, when it comes to matters of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in", armed forces chief Constantino Chiwenga said on Monday.

He said the army was prepared to act to end purges within Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.

In an unprecedented step, Chiwenga then openly threatened to intervene in politics on Monday if the purge of war veterans did not stop.

Among other security threats emanating from the goings-on Zanu-PF were "reckless utterances" by some politicians denigrating the military, which he said were causing despondency among its members, he said.

"For what its worth, no foreign embassies in Zimbabwe have as yet issued any advisories noting unusual troop movements in Harare", wrote Ryan Cummings, director of Signal Risk, which advises organizations on safe travel in Africa.

Reuters reported earlier on Tuesday that two tanks were seen headed to Harare.

Other reports by Free-Prsite

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