Zimbabwean commander says military will step in to protect revolution

Zimbabwean commander says military will step in to protect revolution

Zimbabwean commander says military will step in to protect revolution

Zimbabwe's ruling party has accused the head of the armed forces of treason as military tanks drove through the outskirts of the capital of Harare.

Mnangagwa's removal provides a boost for Grace Mugabe, the wife of the president, who is supported by the largely youthful G40 faction of ZANU-PF to succeed her husband.

Chiwenga's statement is perceived as a direct challenge to Mugabe's decision to dismiss his long time right hand person Emmerson Mnangagwa.

ZANU-PF said Chiwenga's stance was "clearly calculated to disturb national peace. and suggests treasonable conduct on his part as this was meant to incite insurrection".

It comes a day after the head of the armed forces said he was prepared to "step in" to end a purge of supporters of sacked vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

On Tuesday, several armoured vehicles spotted outside Harare alarmed many residents as Chiwenga had warned of possible military intervention.

A number of people posted images of the military vehicles on social media.

Mnangagwa, 75, was widely viewed as Mugabe's most loyal lieutenant, having worked alongside him for decades.

"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", said General Constantino Chiwenga in a statement.

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Here are some of the reactions from reports of tanks being seen heading to Harare.

He fled the country and is thought to be in South Africa after issuing a searing five-page condemnation of Grace's ambition and Mugabe's leadership.

Mnangagwa was subsequently fired from the party and has since left the country.

He quoted the constitution to justify the military's interest in what was happening in the ruling party, saying that the military provided government with various forms of assistance as provided for by the supreme law.

President Robert Mugabe with his wife Grace Mugabe.

"The current purging. targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith".

Chris Mutsvangwa, the head of the war veterans' group, told reporters in Johannesburg last week that Grace Mugabe was "a mad woman" who had won power through a "coup.by marriage certificate".

Chiwenga said if this happens, the military will interject and stop the process.

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