Zimbabwe tensions rise as army tanks edge towards capital

Zimbabwe tensions rise as army tanks edge towards capital
By Tokunbo Salako with REUTERS
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Zimbabwe's military appears on course to collide with Mugabe's wife Grace

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Tanks have reportedly been seen heading to the Zimbabwean capital as tensions rise between military and political leaders.

Reuters news agency quotes witnesses who’ve sighted several armoured vehicles moving towards the Presidential Guard compound, that houses troops who protect President Robert Mugabe.

It comes a day after the armed forces chief said he was prepared to “step in” to end a purge of supporters of a vice president sacked last week.

Tension is mounting as the two factions stand off in the ZANU-PF has spilled into the Zimbabwe’s Defence Force. pic.twitter.com/pvzd56BPEj

— SABC News Online (@SABCNewsOnline) November 14, 2017

His dismissal has been widely seen by senior military figures and beyond as a removal of independence-era figures to pave the way for Mugabe to hand power over to his wife Grace.

The ruling Zanu-PF party has described the actions of the armed forces chief as “treasonable conduct”.

Zimbabwe was once the breadbasket of Africa.. I hope Zimbabwe gets it’s glory back .. We as Kenyans stand with Zimbabweans wherever they are #Resist

— Raila Odinga (@RailaOdingaFact) November 14, 2017

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