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Zim military fires warning shots, gives ruling party ultimatum

Zim military fires warning shots, gives ruling party ultimatum

"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".

Already they have reacted angrily to Mnangagwa's sacking and in retaliation; they purportedly fired President Robert Mugabe and his wife First Lady Grace from Zanu PF.

"The current purging which is clearly targeting members of the party with liberation backgrounds must stop forthwith", Chiwenga said.

"It is with humility and a heavy heart that we come before you to pronounce the indisputable reality that there is instability in Zanu-PF today and as a result anxiety in the country at large", Chiwenga, 61, told reporters at the King George IV military barracks in the capital, Harare.

According to the BBC, 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".

"Grace Mugabe will ascend to the Presidency by 2019".

He said the ZANU-PF had been undermined by "gossiping, backbiting and public chastisement" since 2015, and added, "Indeed, the party is undoing its legacy built over the years". When Joice Mujuru, a war veteran and Mugabe's deputy of 10 years, was sacked from the ruling party in 2014, the military remained quiet.

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Among the big wigs alleged to be loyal to the former vice president and facing the axe are state security minister Kembo Mohadi, cyber security mister Patrick Chinamasa and Environment minister Oppah Muchinguri.

Mavhaire said Mugabe foresaw the need to handover power to a trusted person and he knew his sons were too young to be involved in the Zanu PF succession matrix.

Grace, now poised to become a vice president, did not fight in the liberation war.

The crisis, he concluded, meant Zimbabwe was struggling with "cash shortages and rising commodity prices".

In a statement, Gen. Chiwenga said the military derives its mandate to intervene from the Constitution of Zimbabwe. He has to declare his allegiance.

Mnangagwa's ouster marked a dramatic shift in politics in Zimbabwe, where he had been a pillar of a military and security apparatus that helped Mugabe, 93, emerge as the nation's leader after independence from the U.K.in 1980. "It is a warning that the political class in ZANU-PF is about to cross that red line".


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