Explosions heard in Zimbabwe's capital

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 09:53:51 AM. At least three explosions have been heard in Harare as military vehicles are seen in the streets. Tensions are high in the capital after the country's army commander threatened to have the military step in and calm political turmoil and the ruling party accused him of 'treasonable conduct.'
At least three explosions have been heard in Zimbabwe's capital as military vehicles are seen in the streets. The Associated Press has seen armed soldiers assaulting passers-by and soldiers loading ammunition near a group of four military vehicles. Zimbabwe for the first time is seeing an open rift between the military and 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe. Tensions are high in the capital, Harare, after Zimbabwe's ruling party accused the country's army commander of "treasonable conduct" for his threat to have the military step in and calm political turmoil. Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare on Tuesday. (Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters) The statement issued Tuesday night said the unprecedented comments made a day earlier by army commander Constantino Chiwenga were "clearly calculated to disturb national peace and stability" and were "meant to incite insurrection." The statement came hours after The Associated Press saw three armoured personnel carriers with several soldiers in a convoy on a road heading toward an army barracks just outside the capital.  The military has been a key pillar of Mugabe's power since independence from white minority rule in 1980. Army commander delivers rare rebuke of regime CBC INTERACTIVE l Awaiting a dictator's death Grace Mugabe returns from South Africa Mugabe last week fired Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and accused him of plotting to take power. Over 100 senior officials allegedly backing Mnangagwa have been...Read more
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