Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Mugabe In Trouble: Zimbabwe coup feared as tanks seen outside Harare after top general threatens Mugabe

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Tanks were deployed outside Zimbabwe's capital Harare on 14 November amid fears a coup could be underway, according to reports.
The country is experiencing rising tensions after President Robert Mugabe sacked vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, prompting condemnation by the country's military chief.
Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Constantine Chiwenga, said he would intervene after accusing Mugabe of plunging the country into crisis by sacking Mnangagwa. His comments prompted the youth wing of the ruling party - Zanu PF - to publicly accuse him of subverting the constitution.
The Associated Press witnessed three armoured personnel carriers with several soldiers in a convoy on a road heading toward an army barracks just outside the capital, Harare.
While it is routine for armoured personnel carriers to move along that route, the timing heightened unease in this southern African country that for the first time is seeing an open rift between the military and 93-year-old Mugabe.
Witnesses told Reuters that they saw at least four tanks heading towards Harare on Tuesday.
A witness saw two tanks parked beside the main road from Harare to Chinhoyi, about 20 km (14 miles) from the city. Soldiers at the scene refused to talk to the news agency.
Zanu PF was not immediately available for a comment on the situation.
However, a Twitter handle purportedly affiliated to the party dismissed coup fears.
"Thanks for your concerns, there is NO coup happening in Zimbabwe. Please continue with your lives and face up to your own problems," it said.

Harare-based human rights lawyer Doug Coltart said  "People are on edge and are concerned. It's not outright panic yet, people still feel that a coup is unlikely - including myself."
Mnangagwa was widely backed by the army and was once viewed as a potential successor to the president.
His sacking opens the way for Mugabe's wife, Grace, to be named a vice president at a special conference of the ruling party, ZANU-PF, in December.

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