Zimbabwe’s military warns Mugabe, threatens to ‘step in’

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Zimbabwe’s army chief has warned President Robert Mugabe to end the purge in the country’s ruling Zanu-PF party, threatening to step in.

The warning came a week after Mr. Mugabe fired his deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, a move widely seen as meant to clear the path for Mr. Mugabe’s wife, Grace, to become president.

Mr. Mnangagwa, a former defence minister, was once seen as a possible president. He has since fled into exile.

On Monday, Army Chief Constantino Chiwenga, a general, told a news conference attended by 90 senior army officers that the removal of people who were involved in the independence struggle, like Mr. Mnangagwa, would not be tolerated, the BBC reports.

Although he did not mention the president by name, the warning is understood to be directed at the 93-year-old Mr. Mugabe.

“The current purging which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith,” the general said.

“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.”

He said the “squabbling” between politicians had led to “no meaningful development in the country for the past five years”, the BBC report says.


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  • MilitaryPolice01 [Joint Chief]

    “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.”
    ——–
    Treacherous shenanigans? Lolz

  • The Optimist

    Let that general remind himself of South Sudan: Does he want a similar situation in Zimbabwe? We don’t need no more troubles!

  • Haruna

    Magabe may even retire the General before he strikes. That aside, the idea of sacking the nations founding fathers that struggled and fought for independence, does not make sense. Grace Mugabe should go and sit her ass down somewhere. When time comes, she can be made minister of women and children affairs.

  • kenmege

    Gan gan gan gan!!! Do I hear coup bells ringing? Are Mugabe’s days numbered?

    • aisha ani

      Sounds like it.

  • Al

    If you want to shoot just shoot immediately, don’t talk!

  • David Puff

    Is it that Mugabe can not unilaterally retire the army chief or
    The army chief simply has BALLS and not minding the repercussions of his statement?

    • OLUWADAHUNSI DARE

      God and retire them and see the fire.

  • Eluba Inas

    In as much as I don’t like what Mugabe is doing, a military take over is never the solution. Cases in Nigeria are enough as lessons. What the military needs to do is to provide a safe environment for people to elect their leaders when the time comes. For those sacked for Zanu-PF let them for a new party and work as opposition.