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LIVE: Military Coup As It Is Happens In Zimbabwe [Videos]

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.

 

18:16

LATEST from News24 Correspondent Frank Chikowore:

Harare – Zimbabwe’s national army was moving its tanks from the barracks to the southern African country’s capital on Tuesday following threats issued by the country’s military chief to take control of the country’s affairs in the wake of political tension in President Mugabe’s ruling party.

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….


17:46

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

17:34

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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