Tensions rise in Zimbabwe as military in outskirts of capital

Tensions rise in Zimbabwe as military in outskirts of capital

Kerry Wise
November 15, 2017

Mugabe plunged the country into political crisis by sacking his vice president Emerson Mnangagwa last week.

Following General Constantine Chiwenga's decision to challenge Mugabe's mistreatment of former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zanu PF has fired back at the army stating that the military boss is guilty of mishandling $15billion in diamond revenues.

Both Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's famous "blue house" and the Zimbabwean Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has been sealed off by heavily armed military personnel, Khuluma Afrika is reporting.

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. Mnangagwa's ouster marked a dramatic shift in politics in Zimbabwe, where he had been a pillar of a military and security apparatus that helped Mugabe, 93, emerge as the nation's leader after independence from the U.K.in 1980.

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

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"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 in a statement.

The party "reaffirms the primacy of politics over the gun", the statement said.

Mugabe is yet to respond to Chiwenga's coup threats.

"It is very unclear how this will play out and there is a certain amount of wishful thinking from those who would like to see Mugabe arrested or dragged off. but his silence suggests an executive which is not in charge of the situation", he added.

Grace Mugabe - 41 years younger than her husband - has become increasingly active in public life in what many say is a process to help her eventually take the top job. Her image has been tarnished after an alleged assault on a model she had found in the company of her sons in a luxury apartment in Johannesburg in September. When Joice Mujuru, a war veteran and Mugabe's deputy of 10 years, was sacked from the ruling party in 2014, the military remained quiet. The country is struggling to pay for imports due to a shortage of dollars, which has also caused acute cash shortages.