Zimbabwe: Army threats to intervene in purge against revolutionaries within ruling party

By on November 14, 2017

The top army commander Constantine Chiwenga Monday sent a strong message to Robert Mugabe and his wife threatening to take charge of the country citing purge against independence veterans within the ruling Zanu-PF.
“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,” Chiwenga said in a statement read to reporters at the army headquarters.
“The current purging … targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith,” he added.
The rare move came a week following the sacking of country’s Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa by President Mugabe over ‘disloyalty’.
Mnangagwa, a longstanding comrade of Mugabe during the independence enjoys support from the army and was tipped to replace the 93-year old President when retires.
The former Vice-President has fled the country for South Africa citing threats on his family.
Mnangagwa’s sacking according analysts and critics was instigated by the Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe who accused the former ally of conspiracy.
President Mugabe reportedly lost the support of the army after he chose Grace-sponsored G-40 group.
The G-40 group is largely made of youth faction of the ruling party. The group believes members who did not fight for independence and younger generations should lead the party in post Mugabe era.
The army however has opposed the vision of the G-40.
“We remain committed to protecting our legacy and those bent on hijacking the revolution will not be allowed to do so,” Chiwenga stressed.
Last week, former home affairs minister Dumiso Dabengwa reportedly indicated that a military coup against Mugabe ‘cannot be ruled’ adding that Zimbabweans are tired with his rule.
Dabengwa is the current leader of the opposition Zapu party.
Grace, 53, is expected to benefit from Mnangagwa’s sacking. She at a rally few days ago told party members that she asked her husband to leave his position for her.

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