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Coup in motion? Tanks and armed soldiers seen heading towards Zimbabwe capital


A military convoy has been seen heading towards the capital of Zimbabwe, less than a day after the head of the military said he could ‘step in’ to end President Mugabe’s ‘purge’ of opponents.

Mugabe plunged the country into crisis last week by sacking vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa, widely seen as a power move to make way for his wife Grace to succeed him.

Yesterday, the head of the armed forces Constantino Chiwenga, openly threatened to intervene in politics if Mugabe did not stop removing veterans from government.
But this afternoon, Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party said it would never succumb to military pressure and described the statement by the armed forces chief as ‘treasonable conduct’.

In the statement, ZANU-PF said it stood by the ‘primacy of politics over the gun’ and accused Chiwenga of trying to disturb the peace and stability of the impoverished southern African nation.

Today, a convoy of military vehicles, including tanks were seen moving towards Harare.
‘I saw a long convoy of military vehicles, including tanks, about an hour ago. I don’t know where they were heading,’ a female fruit seller near Westgate shopping centre, about six miles from central Harare, told AFP.

Despite the reports of the tanks, Zimbabwe’s ruling party Zanu PF took to Twitter to deny rumours of a coup.
‘Thanks for your concerns, there is NO coup happening in Zimbabwe. Please continue with your lives and face up to your own problems.’