Army chief ac­cused of trea­son

Daily Trust - - DIGEST -

Zim­babwe’s rul­ing party has ac­cused the coun­try’s army chief of “trea­son­able con­duct” af­ter he warned of a pos­si­ble mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion in pol­i­tics.

Gen­eral Con­stantino Chi­wenga had chal­lenged Pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe af­ter he sacked the vi­cepres­i­dent. He said the army was pre­pared to act to end purges within Mr Mu­gabe’s Zanu-PF party.

The party said the gen­eral’s com­ments were “cal­cu­lated to dis­turb na­tional peace... [and] in­cite in­sur­rec­tion”.

In a state­ment, the party said it would never suc­cumb to mil­i­tary threats, and that it “reaf­firms the pri­macy of pol­i­tics over the gun”.

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