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Zimbabwe military threatens to ‘step in’

Zimbabwe’s army chief has warned those responsible for “purging” the country’s ruling Zanu-PF party to stop, or the military will step in.

Zimbabwe’s army chief on November 13 demanded a “stop” to the purge in the ruling ZANU-PF party after the sacking of vice president Emmerson Mnangangwa, and warned the military could intervene. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA

The rare intervention comes just a week after President Robert Mugabe sacked his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa.

General Constantino Chiwenga, who appeared at a news conference with another 90 senior army officers, did not refer to anyone by name.

Mr Mnangagwa, once seen as a successor to Mr Mugabe, has fled into exile.

Mr Mugabe’s wife Grace, who is now the favourite to succeed her husband, referred to Mr Mnangagwa as a snake which “must be hit on the head”.

Mr Mnangagwa, nicknamed the “crocodile” because of his perceived shrewdness, has rebuked Mr Mugabe, saying Zanu-PF is “not personal property for you and your wife to do as you please”.

Speaking at the army’s headquarters, General Chiwenga said the removal of people who were involved in the independence struggle, like Mr Mnangagwa, would not be tolerated.

“The current purging, which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background, must stop forthwith,” he told those gathered for the news conference.

“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.”

Mr Mnangagwa previously served as defence and state security minister.

Mrs Mugabe, meanwhile, has the support of the younger “Generation 40” or “G40” group of Zimbabwe politicians.

General Chiwenga also hit out at the “squabbling” between politicians, saying it had led to “no meaningful development in the country for the past five years”.

The crisis, he concluded, meant Zimbabwe was struggling with “cash shortages and rising commodity prices” BBC

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  2. uuum, apa paita conflict of interest apa.that is the problem of being everything and everywhere.isn’t it that the military should show impartiality.would it defend our country on a historical, instead of a current basis? if so, is our heritage attributable to some party or mere individual.
    it worries me if the military openly show that it is affiliated to some party, plus iiii, anenge jonah we nineveh unorebwa apa.

  3. Everyone knows that chiwenga was promised the vice presidents in the lacoste team. He is fighting his personal battles using the army. Although I don’t agree with what’s happening in zanu pf but Mugabe has not violated the constitution therefore there is no need for the army to get involved in party politics. If he wants to be a politician he must leave the barracks and join politics and get voted by people then he wiwill have the mandate to speak on behalf of the people.

  4. This clearly shows the end of an era, who ever thought something like this will happen.Remember that there is a universal force that surpasses human perception, God.He is busy shift things for the sake of his people whether a passive cum active military general says something or not.

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