US News Zimbabwe: Tanks Head for Harare as Robert Mugabe Row With Army Chief Fuels Coup Rumors

18:52  14 november  2017
18:52  14 november  2017 Source:   Newsweek

Blasts Heard in Zimbabwe Capital as Army Denies Takeover

  Blasts Heard in Zimbabwe Capital as Army Denies Takeover Explosions were heard in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, early Wednesday after soldiers and several armored vehicles were seen in the city amid a deepening split between the military and the government of 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. News24 reported armed forces commander Constantine Chiwenga saying that the military had not taken over and that Mugabe and his family were safe. He added that armed forces were targeting the “criminals around them,” and said the situation will return to normal soon, Johannesburg-based News24 said on Twitter.“I was woken up at about 1.10 a.m.

HARARE (Reuters) – Four tanks were seen heading towards the Zimbabwe capital Harare on Tuesday, witnesses said, a day after the head of the armed forces said he was prepared to “step in” to end […] Main. Zimbabwe reeling after army chief ’s warning to Mugabe .

TWITTER. COUP ATTEMPT: Tanks have been spotted outside Zimbabwe 's capital city Harare . Heavily armed soldiers and military vehicles are steaming towards the capital of Harare just 24 hours after the head of the army warned he was prepared to "step in" to overthrow Mugabe .

a group of people sitting on a bench: 11_14_Libya_Migrants © Provided by IBT Media (UK) 11_14_Libya_Migrants Four tanks have been seen heading towards Zimbabwe’s capital Harare on Tuesday afternoon as a row between President Robert Mugabe and the head of the armed forces looked set to escalate.

Witnesses told Reuters that the tanks were heading for Harare, while another two tanks were seen parked on the road from Harare to Chinhoyi, some 14 miles outside the capital. Soldiers at the scene refused to speak to Reuters.

The escalation comes one day after Zimbabwe’s military chief warned the country’s political leaders to stop a purge that had seen Mugabe fire Emmerson Mnangagwa, his former vice-president, last week.

“The current purging which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith,” said General Constantino Chiwenga at a news conference Monday at the army headquarters in Harare.

“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.”

President Robert Mugabe © Tafadzwa Ufumeli/Andalou Agency/Getty Images President Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe’s state-run media did not cover the highly unusual press conference, but allies of the 93-year-old president in the ruling ZANU-PF coalition hit out at Chiwenga Tuesday. The head of the ZANU-PF Youth League, Kudzai Chipanga, said that Chiwenga should “stay in the barracks” on Tuesday, the BBC reported.

Mugabe 'safe' as army takes control in Zimbabwe

  Mugabe 'safe' as army takes control in Zimbabwe Mugabe 'safe' as army takes control in ZimbabweLoud explosions were heard in Harare in the early hours of Wednesday after military vehicles rolled into the capital, prompting speculation of a coup.

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Mnangagwa, 75, a long-serving veteran of Zimbabwe ’s 1970s liberation wars, had been viewed as a likely successor to Mugabe before the president fired him on Nov. 6. Army tanks seen heading towards Harare .

Mnangagwa was sacked on November 6 for allegedly exhibiting traits of “disloyalty, disrespect and deceitfulness,” according to Zimbabwe’s Information Minister Simon Moyo, who announced the dismissal.

His sudden departure came after Mugabe’s wife, Grace Mugabe, was booed at a rally in Bulawayo, allegedly by Mnangagwa’s supporters. The president was furious at the booing and said that he could “drop him [Mnangagwa] tomorrow” if he chose to.

Mnangagwa and Grace Mugabe have long been seen as the two most likely successors to Mugabe, who has led Zimbabwe since its independence in 1980. The sacking of the vice-president was interpreted by many as a sign that Mugabe is preparing to pass on power to his wife—who, at 52 years old, is 41 years his junior.

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