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    http://www.reuters.com/article/us-z...as-tanks-seen-near-capital-idUSKBN1DE1NG?il=0

    Soldiers on Harare streets as ruling party accuses Zimbabwe army chief of treason
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    HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s ruling party accused the head of the armed forces of treason on Tuesday as troops took up positions around the capital in an escalation of a dispute with 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe over political succession.

    Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare, Zimbabwe, November 14, 2017. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
    Just 24 hours after military chief General Constantino Chiwenga threatened to intervene to end a purge in the ruling party, a Reuters reporter saw six armored personnel carriers on major thoroughfares on the outskirts of the capital.

    Aggressive soldiers directing traffic told passing cars to keep moving through the darkness.

    “Don’t try anything funny. Just go,” one soldier said on Harare Drive.

    The presence of troops, including the movement of at least six armored personnel carriers from a barracks northwest of Harare, sparked rumors of coup against Mugabe, although there was no evidence to suggest Zimbabwe’s leader of the last 37 years had been toppled.

    The lead item on the ZBC state broadcaster’s evening news bulletin was an anti-military rally by the youth wing of Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party.

    The Southern African nation has been on edge since Monday when Chiwenga, Commander of Zimbabwe Defence Forces, said he was prepared to “step in” to end a purge of supporters of a sacked vice president.

    The unprecedented statement represents an escalation of a rumbling political struggle over who will succeed Mugabe, who has been in power since the country gained independence from Britain in 1980.

    Mugabe chaired a weekly cabinet meeting in the capital on Tuesday. Afterwards, ZANU-PF said it stood by the “primacy of politics over the gun” and accused Chiwenga of “treasonable conduct... meant to incite insurrection.”

    Mugabe fired Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa last week. The veteran of the 1970s liberation war was popular with the military and had been seen as a likely successor to Mugabe.

    The army views his removal as part of a purge of independence-era figures to pave the way for Mugabe to hand power to his wife Grace Mugabe.

    A Reuters witness saw two armored vehicles parked beside the main road from Harare to Chinhoyi, about 20 km (14 miles) from the city. One, which was pointed in the direction of the capital, had come off its tracks.

    Witnesses said they saw four armored vehicles turn before reaching Harare and head towards the Presidential Guard compound in a suburb on the outskirts of Harare.

    FILE PHOTO: President Robert Mugabe talks to General Constantino Chiwenga in Harare, Zimbabwe, July 4, 2008. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo/File Photo
    “There were about four tanks and they turned right here, you can see markings on the road,” one witness on the Chinhoyi highway said, referring to the armored vehicles. He pointed to a road that links to the guard compound.

    The troop movements raise tension on a continent where for decades armies regularly overthrew civilian governments.

    “DEFENDING OUR REVOLUTION”

    Neither the president nor his wife responded in public to the general’s remarks and state media did not publish Chiwenga’s statement. The Herald newspaper posted some of the comments on its Twitter page but deleted them.

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    The head of ZANU-PF’s youth wing accused the army chief of subverting the constitution. Grace Mugabe has developed a strong following in the powerful youth wing.

    “Defending the revolution and our leader and president is an ideal we live for and if need be it is a principle we are prepared to die for,” Kudzai Chipanga, who leads the ZANU-PF Youth League, said at the party’s headquarters in Harare.

    Grace Mugabe’s rise has brought her into conflict with the independence-era war veterans, who once enjoyed a privileged role in the ruling party under Mugabe, but who have in recent years been banished from senior government and party roles.

    Decades ago, Zimbabwe had one of Africa’s promising economies due in part to its agricultural exports.

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    The country is currently struggling to pay for imports due to a dollar crunch, which is also sparking rampant inflation only 10 years after it suffered a financial implosion caused when the central bank began to print money.

    Martin Rupiya, an expert on Zimbabwe military affairs at the University of South Africa in Pretoria, said the army appeared to be putting the squeeze on Mugabe.

    “There’s a rupture between the executive and the armed forces,” Rupiya said.

    Alex Magaisa, a British-based Zimbabwean academic said it was premature to talk about a coup.

    “A military coup is the nuclear option. A coup would be a very hard sell at home and in the international community. They will want to avoid that,” Magaisa said.

    Additional reporting by Ed Cropley, James Macharia and Joe Brock in Johannesburg; Writing by James Macharia; Editing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg

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    Zimbabwe army launches takeover against 'criminals' around Mugabe, says president 'safe'

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    Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare Zimbabwe. Photo: Reuters
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    HARARE - Zimbabwe's military seized power early on Wednesday targeting "criminals" around President Robert Mugabe but gave assurances on national television that the 93-year-old leader and his family were "safe and sound".

    Soldiers and armored vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices, parliament and the courts in central Harare, while taxis ferried commuters to work nearby, a Reuters witness said.

    "We are only targeting criminals around him (Mugabe) who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice," Zimbabwe Major General SB Moyo, Chief of Staff Logistics, said on television.

    "As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy."

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    Live Zimbabwe crisis: Army 'secures' Robert Mugabe and takes control of Harare - latest news

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    15 NOVEMBER 2017 • 8:03AM
    • Soldiers patrol streets of Harare
    • Explosions rock Zimbabwe capital in early hours of morning
    • Military 'takes over state broadcaster'
    • Army says Mugabe is 'safe and security is guaranteed'
    • Moves come amid rift between Mugabe and military
    Zimbabwe's army denied it had carried out a coup after taking over the state broadcaster in the early hours of Wednesday, even as military vehicles took to the streets of the Zimbabwean capital and prolonged gunfire was heard near the presidential residence.

    Military officers read an address live on state TV, saying President Robert Mugabe was "safe" and his "security is guaranteed".

    "It is not a military takeover of government," an army spokesman said in a televised statement. "We wish to assure the nation that his excellency the president... and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed.


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    "We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.

    "As soon as we have accomplished our mission we expect that the situation will return to normalcy."

    The address came hours after several loud explosions echoed across central Harare and troops seized the headquarters of the ZBC, Zimbabwe's state broadcaster.

    "Although it doesn’t look like a coup, it is a coup,” Zimbabwe analyst Alex Magaisa, a senior Zimbabwe legal analyst based in the UK, told The Telegraph.

    Several cabinet ministers, including local government minister Saviour Kasukuwere and finance minister Ignatius Chombo, and Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwayo, were arrested. There was allegedly a brief gun fight outside Mr Chombo’s house. All three are part of the G40 faction of Zanu-PF which is loyal to Grace Mugabe, who was being lined up to take over from her husband.

    Speculation had been mounting throughout the day that a coup was under way against Mr Mugabe, after the head of the armed forces threatened to "step in" over the sacking of an influential vice president.

    Zimbabwe's ruling party, Zanu-PF, accused General Constantine Chiwenga of treason over his comments, after the rare appearance of the military vehicles in Harare.

    Gunfire erupted near Mr Mugabe's private residence in Harare in the early hours of Wednesday, a witness told AFP.

    "From the direction of his house, we heard about 30 or 40 shots fired over three or four minutes soon after 2.00 am," a resident who lives close to Mugabe's mansion in the suburb of Borrowdale said.

    Armed soldiers were assaulting passers-by in the early morning hours in Harare, according to the Associated Press, while officers were seen loading ammunition near a group of four military vehicles.

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    Zimbabwe Army General Constantino Chiwenga Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces addresses a media conference held at the Zimbabwean Army Headquarters on November 13, 2017 in Harare CREDIT: AFP
    Two hours later, soldiers overran ZBC, a principal Mugabe mouthpiece, and ordered staff to leave. Several ZBC workers were manhandled, two members of staff and a human rights activist said.

    Shortly afterwards, three explosions rocked the centre of the southern African nation's capital, near the University of Zimbabwe campus, witnesses said.

    Tensions have been building in Zimbabwe since Emmerson Mnangagwa, a powerful figure in the ruling Zanu-PF party, fled to South Africa last week after he was fired and was then stripped of his lifetime membership of the party.

    The move was widely seen as part of a battle between Mr Mnangagwa and Mrs Mugabe, the first lady, over the presidential succession when Mr Mugabe dies or steps down. The Zimbabwean president, who is 93, fights his last election next year. Many expected Mrs Mugabe to be appointed vice president in Mr Mnangagwa’s place at the Zanu-PF special congress next month.

    Rumours were swirling this on Wednesday morning that Mr Mugabe and his wife have been offered safe passage to Singapore, but this could not be confirmed. China said on Wednesday that Zimbabwe military chief General Constantino Chiwenga's visit to China last week was a normal military visit.

    Gen Chiwenga, an ally of Mr Mnangagwa, demanded on Monday that Mr Mugabe immediately cease “purging” the former vice president's allies in the party and in government.

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    Armed Zimbabwean soldiers sit on top of a military tank in Harare, Zimbabwe in the early hours of Wednesday CREDIT:AP
    "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 head of the armed forces commander said.

    In a statement issued on Tuesday evening, Zanu-PF accused Gen Chiwenga of "treasonable conduct."

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    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe CREDIT: AFP
    The governments of South Africa and Zambia on Tuesday warned military leaders in Harare not to take any “unconstitutional” steps to avenge Mr Mnangagwa.

    Senior military sources in Johannesburg and Pretoria said they warned General Chiwenga to avoid any "disruption to the constitution" after the military convoys were spotted on Tuesday afternoon.

    South African diplomatic sources said late Tuesday that Zambian president Edgar Lungu also warned General Chiwenga to ensure that Zimbabwe’s constitution was respected.

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    President Robert Mugabe listens to his wife Grace Mugabe at a rally of his ruling ZANU-PF party in Harare CREDIT:REUTERS
    A source living close to Mr Mugabe’s mansion said: “We presume any coup plotters would know that Zimbabwe would run out of fuel in a week or so, and that South Africa would likely cut off electricity. Zimbabwe is a landlocked country and cannot survive if all borders were closed."

    A military intervention in Zimbabwean politics would be fraught with difficulties. The African Union and the regional 15-nation Southern African Development Community are both on record that they do not recognise any authority which comes to power via a coup d’etat.

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    This is an army I respect. Not like that of paper generals.
     
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    One dictator overthrowing another dictator.
    Just wondering Sinkee Paper Generals got the balls to stage a coup d' etat ?
    Most probably not,most will be drunkards everyday doing 5 BX squeezing mangoes.
     
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    This is the very traditional and normal and natural mode of politics in entire history. And most importantly, in their process of changing power they exterminated and eliminated a significant amount of peasants (innocent my ass!) All in accordance with SURVIVOR FOR THE FITTEST ONLY, by golden Natural Selection & Elimination rule.

    The wrong we did today is pampering people blindly and Base-less-ly, giving them security, freedom, democracy, rights, and choices, and must make MRT & Bus etc all working to keep them happy. So that they expand to 8 billion, 80 billion, 800 billion and infinity, and try to ruin every planet they can reach in the universe. Stupid, greedy, selfish meaningless and Completely Fucking Wrong!
     
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    This news has rattled our good government given that the nigger Ah Gong often comes to Singapore for medical treatment.

    The top scholars in the SAF and Home Team have been summoned to dinner tonight. Grassroots leaders will be present to remind these scholars of where their loyalties should lie with. They will be plied with more scholarships for their kids and guaranteed parachutes into top GLC positions if they behave themselves.
     
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    Your Nigger Ah Gong not good enough, I prefer Kim Jong Nuke!

    He made NK great, and made AMDK suck thumbs.
     
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    They only known how to stage PAP National Day
     

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