Zimbabweans are gripped with fear of a possible coup after military vehicles left the country’s main barracks in Inkomo heading towards the capital Harare, just a day after military chiefs threatened to step in if current purging within the ruling Zanu PF doesn’t end.
Pictures of the tanks moving on roads in Zimbabwe were circulating on social media on Tuesday with little details of what could be the coming next.
President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe and the leadership of his party, the Zanu PF were warned by the military leadership on Monday to stop sacking senior figures from the party, many of whom are war veterans.
This warning came days after Mugabe sacked his vice president and longtime ally, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Mr. Mnangagwa has fled the country and is reported by local media that he could face further charges.
Zimbabwe’s army chief on Monday however demanded an end to the sacking of key figures within the ruling Zanu-PF party.
General Constantino Chiwenga told a news conference in Harare that “The current purging which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith.”
“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,” he said.
The youth wing of the Zanu PF have called the bluff of the military jumping to the defense of President Mugabe.
President Mugabe said he sacked Mnangagwa who “Upon realizing that I wasn’t” going to retire “started to consult traditional healers on when I was going to die. At some point, he was told that he would die first before me.”
Robert Mugabe has been leader of Zimbabwe since 1980 after leading his country to gain independence from the British.