Tanks Head For Capital As Prez Row With Army Chief Fuels Coup Rumors

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Harare: Four tanks have been seen heading toward Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, on Tuesday afternoon as a row between President Robert Mugabe and the head of the armed forces looked set to escalate.

Witnesses told that the tanks were heading for Harare, while another two tanks were seen parked on the road from Harare to Chinhoyi, some 14 miles outside the capital. Soldiers at the scene refused to speak to Reuters.

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Four tanks have been seen heading toward Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare, on Tuesday afternoon as a row between President Robert Mugabe and the head of the armed forces looked set to escalate.

Witnesses told that the tanks were heading for Harare, while another two tanks were seen parked on the road from Harare to Chinhoyi, some 14 miles outside the capital. Soldiers at the scene refused to speak to Reuters.

In addition, two tanks were seen parked beside the main road from Harare to Chinhoyi, 14 miles from the city, pointing in the direction of the capital. Despite the reports of the tanks, Zimbabwe’s ruling party Zanu PF took to twitter to deny rumours of a coup.

Thanks for your concerns, there is NO coup happening in Zimbabwe. Please continue with your lives and face up to your own problems. Earlier on Tuesday the youth wing of Zimbabwe’s ruling party accused Zimbabwe Army chief Chiwenga of subverting the constitution for threatening military intervention.

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

His downfall appeared to pave the way for Mugabe’s wife Grace to succeed the 93-year-old president. In an unprecedented response to the sacking of Mnangagwa, Chiwenga openly threatened to intervene in politics on Monday if the purge of war veterans did not stop.

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