Tanks seen heading for Zimbabwe capital, rumor of coup

Kristopher Drake
November 15, 2017

eNCA's Zimbabwean correspondent Pindai Dube confirmed the tanks were visible in the streets of Harare, with sources indicating it was a "show of force" rather than a coup.

This comes a day after Gen. Constantino Chiwenga, commander of Zimbabwe Defence Forces, said he was prepared to "step in" to end a purge of supporters of ousted vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

His downfall appeared to pave the way for Mugabe's wife Grace to succeed the 93-year-old president, the only leader Zimbabwe has known in 37 years of independence.

There has been a crackdown on freedom of expression in the southern African nation in recent months, with a U.S. woman arrested for allegedly calling President Robert Mugabe "a goblin" in a tweet.

His main rivals within the ruling Zanu-PF party are the younger Generation 40 or G40 group, which has Grace Mugabe's support. The long-serving veteran of Zimbabwe's 1970s liberation war, had been viewed as a likely successor to Mugabe before the president fired him.


Chiwenga on Monday issued a hard hitting statement urging the ruling party to stop expulsion of party members with a liberation war background.

Chiwenga said ZANU-PF had since 2015 been rocked by infighting, which had afflicted the economy, causing serious cash shortages and soaring prices of basic commodities - rare criticism of those in government by the military.

General Constantino Chiwenga had challenged President Robert Mugabe over his sacking of the vice-president.

Mugabe is yet to respond to Chiwenga's coup threats.

"What we are witnessing is the military saying: "We are willing to intervene if the red line is crossed".

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