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