Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s allies have criticized the chief of Zimbabwe army over his activity in politics.
General Constantino Chiwenga said the army was ready to end disputes within the ruling Zanu-PF party.
Chiwenga’s comments stated a week after President Mugabe fired his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has been forced to flee into exile.
The Zanu-PF’s Youth League, which supports President Mugabe’s wife Grace Mugabe to become President Mugabe’s deputy, warned the army chief to keep his units in the barracks.
However, a few armored vehicles have been deployed to a main public road outside the city from one of the country’s main military barracks in Inkomo.
Kudzai Chipanga, the leader of the Zanu-PF youth wing, called for his members not to allow the armed forces to overturn the constitution and were prepared to defend President Mugabe to death.
“We will not sit and fold hands while threats are made against a legitimately elected government,” Chipanga said at a press conference held in the capital, Harare.
General Chiwengan appeared with another 90 senior army officers at a press conference stating that the current purges that hunted members of the party with a liberation background should end.
The current turmoil within the Zanu-PF party is stirred by a debate of whom should succeed President Mugabe as he is now 93-year old.
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