MILITARY IN CAPITAL AFTER ARMY CHIEF’S THREAT TO ‘STEP IN’
At least three explosions were heard in Zimbabwe’s capital early Wednesday and military vehicles were seen in the streets after the army commander threatened to “step in” to calm political tensions over 93-yearold President Robert Mugabe’s possible successor. The ruling party accused the commander of “treasonable conduct.”
The Associated Press saw armed soldiers assaulting passersby in the early morning hours in Harare, as well as soldiers loading ammunition near a group of four military vehicles. The explosions could be heard near the University of Zimbabwe campus.
For the first time, Zimbabwe is seeing an open rift between the military and Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state who has ruled since independence from white minority rule in 1980.