Zimbabwe ruling party condemns "treasonous" military chief statement

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Zimbabwe's ruling party accused the head of the armed forces of treason Tuesday as armored vehicles rolled toward the capital in apparent military pressure on President Robert Mugabe over a succession dispute.

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.

Mugabe plunged the country into political crisis by sacking his vice president Emerson Mnangagwa last week.

The Zanu PF politburo on Wednesday discussed the explosive statement issued by former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa in which he threatened to lead a popular revolt against President Robert Mugabe under a cloud of a looming wave of new purges, the Zimbabwe Independent can reveal.

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A Reuters witness saw two other tanks parked beside the main road from Harare to Chinhoyi, about 20 km from the city.

Grace Mugabe, 52, has developed a strong following in the powerful youth wing of the ruling Zanu PF party.

His downfall appeared to pave the way for Mugabe's wife, Grace, to succeed the 93-year-old president. The long-serving veteran of Zimbabwe's 1970s liberation war, had been viewed as a likely successor to Mugabe before the president fired him.

"The current purging, which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background, must stop forthwith", Chiwenga told a media conference on Monday attended by about 90 senior army officers at military headquarters. When Joice Mujuru, a war veteran and Mugabe's deputy of 10 years, was sacked from the ruling party in 2014, the military remained quiet.

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