Zimbabwe’s Military Threatens to “Step in”

The military chief of Zimbabwe has warned that the army will step in against the “purging” of the ruling party of Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party, over the last few days, has been going through tension after President Robert Mugabe sacked his deputy.

The military chief of Zimbabwe General Constantino Chiwenga appeared in a press conference with 90 other senior military officials to speak out against the purge and warned about stepping in.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s sacked deputy, once perceived as the successor to the old leader of the country has run away into exile after his boss fired him.

The army chief General Constantino Chiwenga, however, didn’t call anyone by name during addressing the press with other officers.

The intraparty conflict within Zanu-FP came to light after the former Mugabe deputy Mnangagwa and President’s wife Grace’s race to leadership turned aggressive.

Grace Mugabe, who is now the favorite to succeed Mugabe, compared Mr. Mnangagwa with a snake “must be hit on the head.”

Mr. Mnangagwa told President Mugabe that Zanu-PF, the ruling party, is “not personal property for you and your wife to do as you please.”

“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.”

Now the army Chief General Chiwenga, in support of the sacked Mugabe deputy Mr. Mnangagwa, told the press at the army’s headquarters that the military will not tolerate the removal of the people whose who were involved in the independence struggle.

“The current purging, which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background, must stop forthwith,” General Chiwenga told in the news conference.

He demanded backbiting among the politicians had led to “no meaningful development in the country for the past five years.”

Speaking about the ‘real crisis Zimbabwe is encountering’ the military Chief General Chiwenga referred to “cash shortages and rising commodity prices.”

“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.”


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