AS IT HAPPENED: Zanu-FP rejects coup claim, accuses army chief of 'treasonable conduct'

2017-11-14 20:00

Zimbabwe's ruling party in a tweet rejected claims that a coup is taking place, and in a statement accused the army chief of "treasonable conduct" after he challenged President Robert Mugabe over the sacking of the vice president, in the latest sign of worsening instability.

Constantino Chiwenga

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The latest from AFP:

Zimbabwe's ruling party on Tuesday accused the army chief of "treasonable conduct" after he challenged President Robert Mugabe over the sacking of the vice president, in the latest sign of worsening instability.

The Zanu-PF party said in a statement that general Constantino Chiwenga's criticism was "clearly calculated to disturb national peace... and suggests treasonable conduct on his part as this was meant to incite insurrection".

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Army chief accused of "treasonable conduct"

14 Nov 19:54

BBC is reporting that the ANC says it will not intervene to end the crisis unfolding in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe told a press conference on Tuesday that the party would be concerned if "things go wrong there because it will impact on us".

"But we have no authority over them. That’s the point we are making,” he said.

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Some of the visuals in Harare sent via Twitter 

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Reports on social media say President Robert Mugabe is currently in a cabinet meeting. 

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A political analyst says Zimbabwean need to "calm down a bit"

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eNCA is quoting sources in Harare as saying that the visibility of army tanks is an indication that this is a "show of force" by the Zimbabwean army and not a coup, as yet.

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LATEST from News24 Correspondent Frank Chikowore:

Harare - Zimbabwe's national army has been seen moving its tanks from the barracks to the the capital Harare following threats issued by the military to take control of the country's affairs. Follow the live updates. 

Some witnesses said they saw four army tankers along the Chinhoyi-Harare highway in the afternoon raising fears that the army was about to stage a coup' in the politically volatile nation.

Meanwhile some Harare residents told News24 that some uniformed soldiers were deployed in street corners all day Tuesday. No comment was immediately available from army officials.

However, Zanu-PF Youth League secretary Kudzanai Chipanga told a news conference on Tuesday that his party's youths would come out in "their millions" to defend President Robert Mugabe from a potential army take-over of the country's affairs.

 The militant Zanu PF youth leader also accused Chiwenga of working with fired deputy president Emmerson Mnangagwa in the latter's question to lead Zimbabwe.    More to follow....

14 Nov 17:46
There are report on social media of army outside the state-owned broadcaster, the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC)

14 Nov 17:42
Watch this Al Jazeera on Zimbabwe’s political crisis over presidential succession

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Here is what AP is reporting:

Harare - Zimbabwe is on edge as army tanks are seen outside the capital a day after the army commander threatened to "step in" to calm political tensions over the president's firing of his deputy.

The Associated Press saw three tanks with several soldiers in a convoy on a road heading toward an army barracks just outside the capital, Harare.

While it is routine for tanks to move along that route, Tuesday's timing heightens unease in this country that for the first time is seeing an open rift between the military and 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe last week fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and accused him of plotting to take power.

Over 100 senior officials allegedly backing Mnangagwa have been listed for disciplinary measures by a faction associated with Mugabe's wife.

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A journalist in Harare tells News24 that "it seems the army is angry". He says the situation is a bit "tense" in the capital.

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Some on Twitter are saying that although a coup is almost never a good thing, it brings an end to Mugabe's regime.

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Watch this video in which army commander Chiwenga is seen delivering his stament on Monday. 

Chiwenga said that counter-revolutionaries wanted to destroy the ruling Zanu-PF . This was after Mugabe last week fired vice president Mnangagwa, was once viewed as a potential successor to the nonagenarian.

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The Independent newspaper in UK reports that Zimbabwe's local media reported earlier on that heavily armed military personnel had sealed off state TV broadcaster ZBC.

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Earlier on Tuesday, Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF youths said they were "prepared to die" in defence of President Mugabe's government. 

In a statement on Tuesday, Zanu-PF's secretary of the youth league Kudzai Chipanga said that Zanu-PF youths did not take lightly the military's threats.

"We as Zanu-PF youth league are a lion which has awakened and found its voice, therefore we will not sit idly and fold our hands whilst cheap potshots and threats are made against Mugabe," Chipanga said. 

14 Nov 16:57

Reuters reports that four tanks were seen heading toward the Zimbabwe capital Harare on Tuesday, witnesses said, a day after the head of the armed forces said he was prepared to “step in” to end a purge of supporters of ousted vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The report says that two other tanks were seen parked beside the main road from Harare to Chinhoyi, about 20km from the city.

One of the tanks, which was pointed in the direction of the capital, had come off its tracks. Soldiers, however, refused to talk to journalists, the report says. 


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News24 Correspondent Frank Chikowore says army tankers were on Tuesday seen headed to Harare 

14 Nov 16:43

Said Chiwenga: "The current purging and cleansing process in Zanu-PF which so far is targeting mostly members associated with our liberation history is a serious cause for concern for us in the defense forces"

He added: "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. The current purging of which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith."

14 Nov 16:43

Chiwenga on Monday demanded a "stop" to the purges in the ruling Zanu-PF party following the sacking of vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Chiwenga criticised the instability in the revolutionary party.He accused the party of expelling senior officials who participated in the 1970s war against white-minority ruled Rhodesia; saying "counter revolutionaries" were plotting to destroy the party.

14 Nov 16:43
A coup is reportedly under way in Zimbabwe, with reports on social media claiming that the head of Zimbabwe military Constantino Chiwenga has given President Robert Mugabe 24 hours to vacate office after sacking his vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.   

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