Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
World | By Melba Underwood

Mugabe's house, ZBC reportedly sealed off by army

Mugabe's house, ZBC reportedly sealed off by army

Soldiers stand beside military vehicles just outside Harare.

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

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

Zimbabwe's top military general on Monday called for an immediate end to purges against former liberation war fighters in President Robert Mugabe's ruling party, after Emmerson Mnangagwa was stripped of his vice president's post. "Especially now when the army chief has threatened to step in, I think that something is going to happen soon", witness Clement Gomo, who was driving towards Chinhoyi, told German news agency DPA by phone.

In his statement Monday the army commander Constantine Chiwenga, gave Mugabe an ultimatum calling for a "stop to reckless utterances by politicians from the ruling party".

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South African Airways spokesperson Tlali Tlali said flights between Zimbabwe and South Africa are continuing as usual. A DPA reporter saw the president's official vehicle and motorcade parked at his office in the afternoon.

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

ZANU PF Youth League leader, Kudzai Chipanga, in a statement said Chiwenga together with Mnangagwa must account for the missing money as they presided over revenue from the country's diamonds.

Chiwenga said ZANU-PF had been hijacked by people who did not fight in the 1970s liberation war, a clear shot at G40 wing and Grace Mugabe who is a vocal critic of Mnangagwa.

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