Zimbabwe’s army chief has warned President Robert Mugabe to either end the purge in the country’s ruling Zanu-PF party, or risk the military stepping in.
The warning from the army came a week after Mugabe fired his deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, a move widely seen as meant to clear the path for Mr. Mugabe’s wife, Grace, to become president.
Mnangagwa, a former defence minister, was once seen as a possible president. He has however gone into exile since his sack.
Today, Army Chief, Constantino Chiwenga, a general, told a news conference attended by 90 senior army officers that the removal of people who were involved in the independence struggle, like Mnangagwa, would not be tolerated.
Although he did not mention the president by name, the warning is understood to be directed at the 93-year-old Robert Mugabe.
The Army General said, “The current purging which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith.”
“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 the “squabbling” between politicians had led to “no meaningful development in the country for the past five years.”