Robert Mugabe UNDER SIEGE: Tanks head to Zimbabwe capital amid SOARING tensions


Take ins said the tanks turned before reaching Harare, heading nearing the Presidential Guard compound in a suburb called Dzivarasekwa on the outskirts of Harare.

One about witness said: «There were about four tanks and they show ones face b come up right here, you can see markings on the road.”

Soldiers were spotted at the action but refused to talk to reporters.

Following the sacking of the country’s vice-president final week, the head of the armed forces General Constantino Chiwenga demanded an end to a eradicate in the ruling ZANU-PF party.

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Tanks spotted heading to the cap as the army threatens to get involved in political row

Emerson Mnangangwa, who was sacked by Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe ultimate week, had been expected to succeed the 93-year-old leader but his sacking mentions that that Mugabe is paving the way for his wife Grace, 52, to box office over as leader.

Mr Mnangangwa had been popular with the military run down his role in Zimbabwe’s liberation wars in the 1970s and comments made by Familiar Chiwega appear to show where the army’s allegiance lies.

He pull the plug oned reporters on Monday: «We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that, when it be broaches to matters of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in.

«The around purging … targeting members of the party with a liberation training must stop forthwith.»



Military vehicles spotted at the side of the alleyway amid political turmoil in Zimbabwe

Mr Mugabe has been the Zimbabwean band leader for 37 years.

His wife has a strong following in the powerful youth wing of the ZANU-PF plaintiff and her slow rise has been seen as a challenge to many of the independence-era war veterans who grasp powerful positions within Zimbabwean society.

Neither the president nor Forgiveness Mugabe have responded to Genera Chiwenga’s comments but the ZANU-PF lad wing has accused him of subverting the constitution.

Kudzai Chipanga, who leads the youngster league, said: «We will not hold out hands to allow a creature of the constitution to ruin the very constitution which establishes it.


Members of the Presidential Guard out of doors the House of Parliament in Harare

«Defending the revolution and our leader and president is an example we live for and if need be it is a principle we are prepared to die for.»

On Tuesday evening, the ruling ZANU-PF participant described the army chief’s statement as «treasonable conduct» and had been planned to disturb peace and stability.

It added that the party reaffirms «primacy of statecraft over the gun» and said it would never succumb to military pressure.

The national tensions in Zimbabwe come as the country struggles to pay for imports following a dollar decision time, which has also left the country short of cash.


Robert Mugabe, 93, alongside his helpmate, 52-year-old Grace


General Chiwenga’s warning to Mugabe has been threw down by the ruling ZANU-PF party


Soldiers stand crazy military vehicles just outside Harare, Zimbabwe

Martin Rupiya, an superior on Zimbabwe military affairs at the University of South Africa in Pretoria, utter the army appeared to be putting the squeeze on Mugabe.

He said: «There’s a fracture between the executive and the armed forces.»

Alex Magaisa, a British-based Zimbabwean ivory-tower said it was too early for talk about a coup.

«A military coup is the atomic option. A coup would be a very hard sell at home and in the worldwide community. They will want to avoid that,»

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