Zimbabwe: Army chief accused of ‘treasonable conduct’

Zimbabwe’s ruling party has accused the country’s army chief of “treasonable conduct” after he warned of a possible military intervention in politics.

General Constantino Chiwenga had challenged President Robert Mugabe after he sacked the vice-president.

Gen Chiwenga said the army was prepared to act to end purges within Mr Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party.

The party said the general’s comments were “calculated to disturb national peace… [and] incite insurrection”.

In a statement, the party said it would never succumb to military threats, and that it “reaffirms the primacy of politics over the gun”.

Mr Mugabe sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week, amid a row over the 93-year-old president’s successor.

Earlier, BBC correspondents in the capital, Harare, reported that a few armoured vehicles had been seen on a main public road outside the city having left one of the country’s main military barracks, Inkomo.

It is not clear where they were heading but they were not seen on the streets of Harare. One of the vehicles had broken down on the side of the road. Source bbc.com

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