Zim military activity sparks coup fears
Rumours of a possible coup to get rid of President Robert Mugabe swirled yesterday amid reports of four army tanks making their way to Zimbabwe capital Harare from the Inkomo barracks. However, a witness close to the president dismissed it.
“It is not a coup, this is an army base. The army is moving tanks to the capital. This is in view of Zimbabwe army chief Gen Constantine Chiwenga’s warning on Monday that the military would step in if the political situation degenerates into a chaotic situation,” the source said.
Chiwenga was heard saying: “The current purging which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith.”
This comes after the sacking of vicepresident Emmerson Mnangagwa.
A local journalist said the Zanu- PF Youth Assembly warned that they would defend Mugabe, following Chiwenga’s remarks that he would organise military officials to unseat the Constitutionally-elected government.
“The mood is tense politically. Uniformed forces have been deployed in the CBD. There has been no official communication from the authorities as to what is really happening. As I am speaking to you, army generals are meeting at headquarters but what they are discussing, I don’t know, ” the witness said.
He said Mugabe was chairing the cabinet while all of this was happening.
A Harare resident, Nqaba Ndlovu, said he was not aware of any possible coup.
“I heard the army was training and doing what it is supposed to do, I don’t think there can be a coup in Zimbabwe,” he said.
TENSE SITUATION: The movement of tanks into central Harare have sparked rumours of a possible military coup in Zimbabwe.