Tanks seen heading for Zimbabwe capital, rumor of coup
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Nov 15, 2017,
Nov 15, 2017, 0:25
The party's ten provinces, the Women's League and the Youth League have endorsed First Lady Grace Mugabe to be the party's female vice president and to replace Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa fled into exile, vowing to return and has launched a direct challenge to Mugabe by calling for members of the ruling party to desert the president.
Mugabe's 37 years in power has been anchored by support from the military, which has always said it will not back anyone for president who did not fight in the liberation war.
In a statement, the party spokesman said Chiwenga's stance was "clearly calculated to disturb national peace... and suggests treasonable conduct on his part as this was meant to incite insurrection".
He said the army was prepared to act to end purges within Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF party.
"I saw a long convoy of military vehicles", a female fruit seller about 10 kilometres (six miles) from central Harare, told AFP, while other witnesses took to social media to confirm the reports.
Some of the army top brass are seen as strongly opposed to Grace Mugabe's apparent emergence as the likely next president.
Moyo's released the statement after a day when armored military vehicles were seen around the capital, Harare.
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"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".
"We are surprised to see these army tanks along the Chinhoyi-Harare highway".
Mnangagwa was subsequently fired from the party and has since left the country.
Speculation has been rife in Harare that Mugabe could seek to remove Chiwenga, who is seen as an ally of ousted Mnangagwa.
He quoted the constitution to justify the military's interest in what was happening in the ruling party, saying that the military provided government with various forms of assistance as provided for by the supreme law.
"Chiwenga threw down the gauntlet to Mugabe.it would make sense for Chiwenga to organise some military manoeuvres to up the ante".
In an unprecedented step, Chiwenga then openly threatened to intervene in politics on Monday if the purge of war veterans did not stop.