THE DAILY STAR – JOSHUA NEVETT
Heavily armed soldiers and military vehicles are steaming towards the capital of Harare just 24 hours after the head of the army warned he was prepared to “step in” to overthrow Mugabe.
Mugabe’s sacking of his main opponent for power, Emerson Mnangagwa, 75, has led to soaring tensions between his ruling regime and the armed forces in recent weeks.
Zimbabwe’s army chief Gen Constantino Chiwenga has accused Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, of purging his vice president in his own interests.
Mugabe, the 93-year-old leader of the Zanu-PF party, is thought to favour his wife, Grace, 55, as his successor.
In response, Zanu-PF today said Chiwenga’s statement amounted to “treasonable conduct” and vowed to “never succumb to pressure from the military”.
But the army want a head-of-state with a military background and more credibility on the international stage to lead the east African country into a new era.
Now images of military vehicles – including tanks carrying troops with assault rifles – have surfaced on social media in what appears to be an attempt to dipose the president.