World Tensions rise in Zimbabwe as military tanks near the capital

01:23  15 november  2017
01:23  15 november  2017 Source:   Business Insider Australia

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Zimbabwe's ruling party has accused the head of the armed forces of treason as military tanks drove through the outskirts of the capital of Harare.

The military response comes a day after the head of the armed forces threatened to intervene in politics, a week after President Robert Mugabe fired vice-president Emerson Mnangagwa, long seen as 93-year-old Mugabe's likely successor.

"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," armed forces chief Constantino Chiwenga said on Monday.

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Business continued normally inside the capital and there was no sign of a major military presence on the streets. Hours after the tanks were spotted, state media carried no extraordinary reports. RISING TENSION .

Business continued normally inside the capital and there was no sign of a major military presence on the streets. RISING TENSION . Twittersphere reacts to tensions in Zimbabwe . 43 minutes ago. ‘ANC won’t get involved in Zimbabwe rift’.

While it is still unclear who ordered the military movement, it is an apparent step to put pressure on President Mugabe.

Although the ruling ZANU-PF party has said it would never succumb to military pressure.

It said it stood by the "primacy of politics over the gun" and accused General Chiwenga of "treasonable conduct … meant to incite insurrection".

Some analysts say it is too early to talk of a coup attempt against Mugabe -- the only leader Zimbabwe has known in 37 years of independence.

Mugabe: Zimbabwe's liberator and, for many, its oppressor .
<p>Robert Mugabe is the only leader Zimbabwe has known since independence from Britain.</p>When he came to power, Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe was feted as an African liberation hero in a nation that had endured nearly a century of white colonial rule.

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