Zimbabwe military threatens to step in if ‘purging” continues

Zimbabwe military threatens to step in if 'purging" continues

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 once seen as his successor, who has fled into exile..

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

Speaking at the Army’s headquarters, General Chiwenga said the removal of people who were involved in the independence struggle, like Mnangagwa, would not be tolerated.

General Chiwenga also hit out at the “squabbling” between politicians, saying it had led to “no meaningful development in the country for the past five years”.

“The current purging, which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background, must stop forthwith,” he told those gathered for the news conference.

“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,” he said.

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