Zimbabwe on alert as military moves in
ZIMBABWE is on edge after a military convoy was seen outside the capital a day after the army commander threatened to “step in” to calm political tensions over the president’s firing of his deputy.
Reporters saw three armoured personnel carriers with several soldiers in a convoy on a road heading toward an army barracks just outside Harare.
While it is routine for armoured personnel carriers to move along the route, the timing heightened unease that there is an open rift between the military and 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. The military has been a key pillar of Mr Mugabe’s power since independence from white minority rule in 1980.
Mr Mugabe last week fired vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa and accused him of plotting to take power, including through witchcraft. Mr Mnangagwa, who enjoyed the backing of the military and was once seen as a potential successor to Mugabe, fled the country and said he and his family had been threatened. More than 100 senior officials allegedly supporting him have been listed for disciplinary measures by a faction associated with Mr Mugabe’s wife, Grace. PRESIDENT Emmanuel Macron has said the French state fuelled homegrown extremism by abandoning its poorest areas as he promised tough measures to combat the problem after a visit to Paris suburbs.