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Mugabe’s House, ZBC Reportedly Sealed Off By Army

JOHANNESBURG – Both Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s famous ‘blue house’ and the Zimbabwean Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) has been sealed off by heavily armed military personnel, Khuluma Afrika is reporting.

Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare, Zimbabwe, November 14,2017. Photo: EUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare, Zimbabwe November 14, 2017. Photo: REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare, Zimbabwe November 14, 2017. Photo: REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare, Zimbabwe November 14,2017. Photo: REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
Tanks were spotted heading to the capital Harare just a day after army chief Constantino Chiwenga, in an unprecedented move, openly threatened to ‘step in’ to end a purge of supporters of ousted vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Khuluma Afrika, which describes itself as a centre for investigative journalism and current affairs, reported late on Wednesday that the heightened military presence was to improve security amid rumours of a coup.

According to the centre, Mugabe was not at home and his motorcade was still at his Munhumutapa offices, also in Harare, where secret service personnel were reportedly dispatched.

The cordoning off of ZBC premises was also in line with upped security in the southern African country amid a political impasse, the website said.

Controversial Mugabe has historically tightened personal security, especially over simple things like social media dissent or strikes by workers.

eNCA’s Zimbabwean correspondent Pindai Dube confirmed the tanks were visible in the streets of Harare, with sources indicating it was a ‘show of force’ rather than a coup.

South African Airways spokesperson Tlali Tlali said flights between Zimbabwe and South Africa are continuing as usual.

“Our flights between the two countries are operating as per published schedules. Should there be a change in scheduling, a public and customer notification will be issued,” he added.

Sacked vice-president Mnangagwa, 75, a long-serving veteran of Zimbabwe’s 1970s liberation wars, had been viewed as a likely successor to Mugabe before the president fired him on 6 November.

His downfall appeared to pave the way for Mugabe’s wife, Grace, to succeed the 93-year-old president.

Robert Mugabe is the only leader Zimbabwe has known in 37 years of independence.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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Mugabe Accuses General Chiwenga Of Treason As Tanks Blockade Harare

Zimbabwe most senior military general Constantino Chiwenga has been accused of issuing a  treasonous statement and may face the death penalty following what the ruling party Zanu PF described as military coup.

Chiwenga on Monday afternoon sternly rebuked the Zanu PF  in a rare open criticism of President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party before unleashing army tanks and personnel headed for Harare early Tuesday.

Mugabe ‘s party has now issued a statement saying General Chiwenga’s statement was treasonous, meant to disturb national peace and stability.

Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party said on Tuesday it would never succumb to military pressure and described a statement by the armed forces chief that he would intervene to end a purge within the party as “treasonable conduct”.

In the statement, ZANU-PF said it stood by the “primacy of politics over the gun” and accused armed forces chief Constantino Chiwenga of trying to disturb the peace and stability of the impoverished southern African nation.

Mugabe Accuses General Chiwenga Of Treason As Tanks Blockade Harare

Zimbabwe most senior military general Constantino Chiwenga has been accused of issuing a  treasonous statement and may face the death penalty following what the ruling party Zanu PF described as military coup.

Chiwenga on Monday afternoon sternly rebuked the Zanu PF  in a rare open criticism of President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party before unleashing army tanks and personnel headed for Harare early Tuesday.

Mugabe ‘s party has now issued a statement saying General Chiwenga’s statement was treasonous, meant to disturb national peace and stability.

Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party said on Tuesday it would never succumb to military pressure and described a statement by the armed forces chief that he would intervene to end a purge within the party as “treasonable conduct”.

In the statement, ZANU-PF said it stood by the “primacy of politics over the gun” and accused armed forces chief Constantino Chiwenga of trying to disturb the peace and stability of the impoverished southern African nation.

Mugabe Evacuates Family As He Refuses To Meet Army Generals

President Mugabe’s family was last night whisked out of the country as tensions rise. Sources at Charles Prince Airport have confirmed that Bona, Chatunga and Robert Jnr were yesterday seen off by Bona’s husband Simba Chikore and an entourage of security personnel. Their destination is unknown

Tensions have been on the rise since General Constantine Chiwenga declared that the army would not hesitate to waddle into the ZANU PF succession issues. It is believed that the Generals then requested a meeting with their commander in chief with the intention of pushing him to resign. They sent Permanent Secretary For Defense Martin Rushwaya to request a meeting but MUgabe was adamant that he was the Commander In Chief and would not meet with insubordinate commanders.

They also tried to send the Chaplain-General: Col. Joseph Nyakudya but again he was snubbed. Mugagabe is believed to be relying heavily on Brig. Gen. Anselem Sanyatwe the commander of the Presidential Guard who was not present at yesterday’s press conference. It is not yet clear if Sanyatwe has met with Gen Chiwenga.

It is believed President Mugabe is still hunkered at his home in Borrowdale together with his wife and Son-in-law Simba Chikoore.

It is not clear what the next moves would be but the next 24 hours will be critical