Mugabe in trouble: 4 army tanks move towards capital

Grace Mugabe talks to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa at a gathering of the ZANU-PF Politburo in 2016
Credit PHILIMON BULAWAYO  Reuters

Several armoured vehicles drove down main roads near the Zimbabwean capital Harare Tuesday, as tension erupted between President Robert Mugabe and the military that has been a key buttress to his 37-year reign.

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.

Mugabe plunged the country into political crisis by sacking his vice president Emerson Mnangagwa last week.

The troop movements occurred one day after Zimbabwe's military warned Mugabe it would "step in" if he continued a purge within the ruling party that included firing Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

"The said statement by General Constantino Chiwenga which was not signed, and which did not represent the rest of the Command Element, suggests treasonous conduct on his part as this was meant to incite insurrection and violent challenge to the Constitutional Order", Moyo said.

Chiwenga's statement, read out at a news conference packed with army top brass, comes at a time of a deepening rift within ZANU-PF over who will eventually lead the party after the 93-year-old Mugabe goes. Several tanks were seen moving near the Zimbabwean capital Harare on November 14, 2017.

A number of people posted images of the military vehicles on social media.

Defence cooperation: 23 European Union member states sign joint notification on PESCO
This could take place at the next Foreign Affairs Council on 11th December. He explained that PESCO's structure will be more on a defence level.

"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 in a statement.

The ruling party will next month hold an extra ordinary congress to reaffirm Mugabe's candidature in next year's presidential elections and also amend the party constitution to allow for a female vice president.

Today, four tanks were seen moving towards Harare, while two other tanks were seen parked beside the main road from Harare to Chinhoyi, 14 miles from the city, pointing in the direction of the capital.

"As a result of squabbling within the ranks of Zanu-PF, there has been no meaningful development in the country for the past five years".

Despite the reports of the tanks, Zimbabwe's ruling party Zanu PF took to Twitter to deny rumours of a coup.

"The current purging ... targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith", he said.

Related:

  • Samsung quietly confirms the new Galaxy A5

    Samsung quietly confirms the new Galaxy A5

    Apart from hinting at the imminent launch, the FCC listing also reveals that the smartphone will have a dual-band Wi-Fi support. The leaked renders revealed that both the smartphones will come loaded with Infinity displays and dual front-facing cameras.
    Xbox One X Sells 80000 In The First Week In The UK

    Xbox One X Sells 80000 In The First Week In The UK

    Microsoft has announced its Black Friday sale and, if you've been waiting to pick up an Xbox One S console, this one's for you. Save up to $329 on new Surface bundles: $329 off the Surface Pro i5 256GB and $229 off the Surface Pro i5 128GB .
    Taylor Swift Returning To Heinz Field In 2018

    Taylor Swift Returning To Heinz Field In 2018

    The US singer-songwriter, 27, will kick off the North American gigs with a show in Arizona on May 8, 2018. Tickets for the North American leg of the tour will go on sale to the general public on December 13.
  • 3 killed in shooting that ends at California elementary school, official says

    3 killed in shooting that ends at California elementary school, official says

    Traffic backs up outside Rancho Tehama , Calif., after multiple people were killed in a shooting Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. The shooter was armed with a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns, Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told local media.
    LSU's next opponent, Tennessee, fires its head coach

    LSU's next opponent, Tennessee, fires its head coach

    Before the 2017 season, Jones had led Tennessee to two nine-win seasons during the 2015 and 2016 season, respectively. I know Coach Jones will be successful moving forward, and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
    Arctic blast a record low for the Big Apple

    Arctic blast a record low for the Big Apple

    Temperatures are expected to warm up to the low-50s by Monday, still remaining below average, he said. Buffalo's average high temperature is 50 degrees on Saturday's date and 49 degrees on Sunday.
  • Taylor Swift's

    Taylor Swift's "Reputation" Drove 717K Opening Day US Sales

    Yesterday, Swift kept the momentum going, performing on Saturday Night Live for the first time in almost a decade. One of these performed songs was the leading " Call It What You Want " and the most wonderful " Ready for It ".
    Bottas clinches pole after Hamilton crash

    Bottas clinches pole after Hamilton crash

    He had come in with a huge lead over Vettel and secured the crown despite a ninth-place finish (two points), his worst of the 2017 season.
    Tunisia complete Africa's World Cup line-up with Libya draw

    Tunisia complete Africa's World Cup line-up with Libya draw

    Morocco completed the campaign without conceding a goal, finishing on 12 points, four ahead of the Ivorians. Morocco sealed its place in Russian Federation in style as they went to Abidjan and beat Cote d'Ivoire 2-0.
  • Alibaba is slipping despite a record-setting Singles Day

    Alibaba is slipping despite a record-setting Singles Day

    The top countries selling in China throughout Singles Day include Japan, the U.S., Australia, Germany and South Korea. Alibaba has said Cainiao expects 3 million people to handle packages during the 24-hour-period.
    Southgate names experimental England team to face Germany in Wembley friendly

    Southgate names experimental England team to face Germany in Wembley friendly

    So for me to get to that next level I needed to play regular football. I want to develop skills and get better as a player. Gareth said to do my best like I normally do.
    Anil Kapoor and Salman Khan to join forces in Race 3

    Anil Kapoor and Salman Khan to join forces in Race 3

    Eariler there were reports that Race 3 team will shoot the title song on the first day, but that didn't happen. Remo D'Souza, who is helming the project, wants to finish action scenes first.

Comments

Latest news

Qualcomm turns down Broadcom's $130B acquisition bid
Overall, Broadcom's bid is a very ambitious attempt to grow its share of the market for components that go into mobile phones. Despite that, it seems that Broadcom's offer wasn't enough for Qualcomm's board of directors.

Hours after losing unborn child, National Football League player scores emotional touchdown
ESPN reported that Goodwin left the Niners' locker room as soon as the game ended Sunday to return to his family. Prayers to Marquise Goodwin , his wife, Morgan , and their entire family for their tragic loss.

Manus Island activists locked to gates of Australian high commission in Wellington
The men were also threatened with "arrest and prosecution" if they remained at the site after fencing was demolished. I think it's clear that we don't think what's happening there is acceptable, that's why the offer is there".

Kim Kardashian throws a baby shower
Although Kim's hubby Kanye West and her biggest fan Jennifer Lawrence were nowhere to be seen, it was still an event to remember. Kardashian West shared that she gave guests crystals and upcoming perfumes from her beauty line, KKW Beauty , as party favors .

Venus and Jupiter conjunction to be visible in dawn sky
This will be the closest distance from the two planets throughout the year, an astronomical event known as a conjunction . On Monday, just before the sun rises, you have a chance to witness the most enthralling celestial event of 2017.

Hasbro Makes Bid For Rival Toymaker Mattel
Mattel's stock has fallen 52 percent over the past year, and its market value is now about $5 billion. Mattel, based in El Segundo, California, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

SNL's Sessions: Roy Moore a Little 'Too Alabama'
Pence reminds Moore that the girl accusing him was 14 years old, and that he needs to "do the right thing". Mike Lee in withdrawing support for Moore amid allegations of decades-old sexual advances on girls.

Carrie Underwood breaks her wrist in fall at home
However, she didn't suffer any life-threatening injuries just multiple injuries including cuts, abrasions, and a broken wrist. Her injury comes just days after she hosted the CMA Awards with Brad Paisley for a tenth consecutive year.

China, Vietnam leaders reach South China Sea consensus
Since Trump took office, priorities in the region lie elsewhere, with USA focus largely on containing the North Korean threat. Trump said in Vietnam on November 12 before leaving to attend a summit of Asian leaders in the Philippines.

Pacific trade ministers to hold news conference
Chinese President Xi Jinping used the same forum to stress multilateralism and said globalisation was an irreversible trend. Trade ministers say they have reached a basic agreement on a Pacific Rim trade pact without the United States.

Lions rally past Browns for 17-10 halftime advantage
Greg Robinson, who started the first six games of the season at left tackle, was waived-injured on Friday with an ankle injury . Kizer was having his best game of the season before suffering a rib injury that forced him to the locker room.

Iran rejects Macron call for talks on Iranian missiles
Washington has also called for the United Nations to hold Tehran accountable for violating two United Nations security Council resolutions.

Disneyland Shuts Down Two Cooling Towers After Visitors Sickened With Legionnaires' Disease
Hymel said that local health officials had assured them that there was no longer any risk to guests or employees of the park. Symptoms of legionellosis develop 2-10 days after exposure, and include fever, chills, cough, muscle aches, and headaches.

U.S. goalkeeper accuses former Federation Internationale de Football Association president of sexual harassment
After the entertainment industry and the media, accusations of harassment and sexual assault are gaining the world of sports. In 2004, he argued that the popularity of the women's game could be boosted if the players wore tighter shorts .

Oklahoma Woman Accused Of Marrying Her Mother Receives Deferred Sentence
Taking a plea deal to avoid 10 years in prison, Misty has been ordered to do 10 years on probation and seek counselling. She wrote a book about the lust she felt for the adult son she had given up for adoption 26 years earlier.

Other news