Mu­gabe ‘is fac­ing an army coup’

Daily Express - - NEWS - By John Ing­ham De­fence Edi­tor

TANKS were on the streets of Zim­babwe’s cap­i­tal Harare yes­ter­day amid a grow­ing power strug­gle be­tween the Army and pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe.

It was un­clear if it was a pre­cur­sor to a coup, a warn­ing shot to the 93-year-old pres­i­dent, or an ex­er­cise.

Last week Mu­gabe sacked Vice Pres­i­dent Emer­son Mnan­gagwa, a vet­eran of Zim­babwe’s 1970s lib­er­a­tion wars.

He had long been seen as the nat­u­ral suc­ces­sor to Mu­gabe, who is now thought to be paving the way to hand power to his wife, Grace, 52. On Mon­day, Armed Forces chief Con­stantino Chi­wenga de­clared: “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.”

Army strug­gle... Mu­gabe

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