Zimbabwe army chief threatens to 'step in' if President Mugabe's purge continues

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 12:09:46 PM. General Constantino Chiwenga warned of military intervention to back independence figures after President Robert Mugabe purged his prominent second-in-command.
Share World Zimbabwe Zimbabwe protests Zimbabwe election 2018 Zimbabwe war veterans Africa Robert Mugabe Grace Mugabe Zanu-PF Coup South Africa Zimbabwe's military chief issued a rare, stark warning to the nation's political leadership Monday over alleged recent political purges, raising concerns of a potential coup and renewed instability in a country already devastated by economic hardships. General Constantino Chiwenga, a revolutionary who rose up the ranks to become head of the country's armed forces in 2004, threatened to use military force to defend the positions of ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU–PF) figures who played a role in ending U.K. rule over Zimbabwe, formerly known as Rhodesia, in 1980. While Chiwenga did not name names Monday, his frank statement came a week after President Robert Mugabe fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, an influential independence leader who has held various high-ranking positions in the government. Related: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe: My rival used witchcraft against me Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now "The current purging which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith," Chiwenga said at a news conference at the army's headquarters in Harare, according to BBC News. "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,"...Read more
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