Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

Zimbabwe army chief warns of intervention over party purge

Zimbabwe army chief warns of intervention over party purge

General Constantino Chiwenga, who appeared at a news conference with another 90 senior army officers, did not refer to anyone by name but is believed to be referring to President Mugabe.

Mnangagwa was sacked from both government and the party last week, and is now holed up in South Africa.

Photo Gen. Constantine Chiwenga, Zimbabwe's top military commander, second from right, and Lt. Gen. Philip Valerio Sibanda, commander of the Zimbabwe National Army, second from left, held a news conference on Monday in Harare, Zimbabwe's capital.

The former vice president was also expelled from Zanu PF, a party he served for more then 40 years, majority at Mr Mugabe's side.

Mnangagwa himself has warned that he will be coming back from his South Africa base in "few weeks" time to lead Mugabe's ouster.

In an unprecedented warning, he said in a statement: "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".

Mr Mnangagwa, nicknamed the "crocodile" because of his perceived shrewdness, has rebuked Mugabe, saying Zanu-PF is "not personal property for you and your wife to do as you please".

"Grace Mugabe will ascend to the Presidency by 2019".

The U.S. woman charged with subversion in Zimbabwe over allegedly insulting President Robert Mugabe on Twitter was freed Friday on $1,000 bail.

The Herald said the four were arrested after attending a ruling ZANU-PF party rally in the country's southwestern city of Bulawayo where Grace Mugabe was jeered during a speech on Saturday. 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.

"Known counter-revolutionaries. must be exposed and fished out", he said.

The army boss said the infighting in the party had impacted the country, which is reeling under an economic crisis.

"There is distress, trepidation and despondence within the nation", he continued.

DEFIANT Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) is going ahead with the planned indaba slated for Gwanzura Stadium on November 18 despite political developments in the country.

The crisis had resulted in "cash shortages and rising commodity prices", he said.

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