Possible military coup in Zimbabwe, as tanks roll towards Robert Mugabe's capital

Possible military coup in Zimbabwe, as tanks roll towards Robert Mugabe's capital

Possible military coup in Zimbabwe, as tanks roll towards Robert Mugabe's capital

Eyewitnesses also said on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ time) that army tanks were seen about 20 kilometres west of the capital, Harare.

President Robert Mugabe's famous "blue house" or "blue roof" has been sealed off by heavily armed military personnel, Khuluma Afrika has confirmed.

In a rare statement that highlighted the tensions rising in the impoverished southern African nation, General Constantino Chiwenga, commander of Zimbabwe Defence Forces said there was instability in ZANU-PF, which was causing anxiety in Zimbabwe.

Mnangagwa had always been tipped as Mugabe's most likely successor but has in recent months increasingly come into conflict with first lady Grace Mugabe, who is vying to replace the 93-year-old president.

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.

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"The current purging, which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background, must stop forthwith", Chiwenga told a media conference on Monday attended by about 90 senior army officers at military headquarters.

Chiwenga, a political ally of Mnangagwa, added that the Zanu-PF had been hijacked by people who did not fight in the 1970s liberation war, which some commentators read as a criticism of Ms Mugabe, a vocal critic of the former vice president.

President Robert Mugabe with his wife Grace Mugabe.

The party appears split over the succession with the G40 faction supporting Grace and another faction, that includes war veterans, rooting for the ousted Mnangagwa.

"What we are witnessing is the military saying: "We are willing to intervene if the red line is crossed".

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