Four tanks were seen heading toward the Zimbabwe capital Harare on Tuesday, witnesses said, a day after the head of the armed forces said he was prepared to “step in” to end a purge of supporters of ousted vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Zimbabwe’s army chief has called for an immediate end to purges within President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party following the dismissal last week of the country’s vice president.
In a rare statement, General Constantino Chiwenga warned on Monday that the military could intervene if the infighting in the ruling ZANU-PF did not stop.
“The current purging which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith,” Chiwenga told a media conference in the capital, Harare.
“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, adding that the instability was causing anxiety in the country.
Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who joined the struggle for Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle at a young age, was sacked by Mugabe on November 6 for showing “traits of disloyalty.”
As shown in the video below, green colored military armored vehicles can be seen blocking the road (to the left) leading to the Presidential residence.
Explaining the reasons for Mnangagwa dismissal, information minister Simon Khaya Moyo said: “The vice president has consistently and persistently exhibited traits of disloyalty, disrespect, deceitfulness and unreliability.
“It had become evident that his conduct in his discharge of his duties had become inconsistent with his official responsibilities.”
The expulsion of Mnangagwa, a former minister of defence and state security, had removed a potential successor to Mugabe, the 93-year-old president and leader of the ruling ZANU-PF party.
It had also cleared the way for Mugabe’s wife, Grace, to succeed her husband. Zimbabwe’s first lady leads the ruling party’s Women’s League, and has been endorsed as a potential candidate for the vice presidency by some structures within ZANU-PF.
The day before Mnangagwa’s removal, Grace Mugabe called the vice president a “coup plotter” and a “coward” in a speech that shook ZANU-PF.
The speech came a day after Mugabe publicly criticised Mnangagwa for the first time during a speech at a rally on November 4.
Some powerful army generals backed Mnangagwa to succeed Mugabe and have publicly said they will not allow someone who did not fight in the 1970s independence war to rule. Grace Mugabe, 52, did not fight in that war.
Relations between Zimbabwe’s leader and his former vice president soured in August after hints by Mnangagwa’s allies that he had been poisoned by ice cream from a dairy owned by the Mugabes.
Mugabe, who has been leading Zimbabwe since it gained independence in 1980, intends to contest elections due next year and does not face a united opposition.
About ten years ago, Mugabe began to seize "white-owned" farms throughout the country, and redistributing them to "landless blacks." The result: Zimbabwe, which was the breadbasket of Africa, began to starve.
Blacks, unable to manage the farms and cultivate crops, simply stole the farming machinery and irrigation systems, to sell the parts for drugs or whatever else they wanted. When the equipment was all gone, they began to slaughter the farm animals for food. Once the machinery and irrigation systems were destroyed, crops couldn't be grown. When the farm animals ran out, no meat.
The situation has become so dire that Zimbabwe is now forced to import food, and they are now offering to give back the seized farms if white farmers come back!
The whites, having seen their friends throats slit, their wives and daughters gang raped, and their homes seized by government sanctioned gangs, are not coming back. Said one former farmer who asked to remain anonymous for fear of being killed,
When all the blacks here starve to death -- and they will -- we'll take back what was ours, and start a new Rhodesia without the savages.
The anti-white hatred and murder was fomented by Robert Mugabe whose most famous quote says it all about him and his regime:
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