February 19, 2018

Zimbabwe military chief Chiwenga in Zanu-PF purge warning (BBC)

Zimbabwe military chief Chiwenga in Zanu-PF purge warning (BBC)

Zimbabwe’s army chief has warned those responsible for “purging” the country’s ruling Zanu-PF party to stop, or the military will step in.

The rare intervention comes just a week after President Robert Mugabe sacked his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa.

General Constantino Chiwenga, who appeared at a news conference with another 90 senior army officers, did not refer to anyone by name.

Mr. Mnangagwa, once seen as a successor to Mr. Mugabe, has fled into exile.

Mr. Mugabe’s wife Grace, who is now the favourite to succeed her husband, referred to Mr. Mnangagwa as a snake, which “must be hit on the head”.

Mr. Mnangagwa, nicknamed the “crocodile” because of his perceived shrewdness, has rebuked Mr. Mugabe, saying Zanu-PF is “not personal property for you and your wife to do as you please”. Read more

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