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Zimbabwe’s ruling party warns army general against treason

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Nov. 14 (UPI) — Zimbabwe’s ruling party, Zanu-PF, accused the leader of the army of treason after armored vehicles neared the capital of Harare on Tuesday.

A statement by the party’s secretary, Simon Khaya Moyo, said the government of President Robert Mugabe would not give in to military threats by Gen. Constantino Chiwenga.

The general warned of a possible military intervention after Mugabe ousted Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and other party officials, ostensibly to clear a path to power for his wife, Grace Mugabe. Chiwenga warned the president, 93, not to carry out anymore purges.

“The current purging, which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background, must stop forthwith,” Chiwenga said. “It is our strong and deeply considered position that if drastic action is not taken immediately, our beloved country Zimbabwe will definitely be headed to becoming a neo-colony again.”

Zanu-PF said Chiwenga’s statement was “calculated to disturb national peace … [and] incite insurrection.”

BBC News reported that a few military vehicles were seen outside the capital but not on the city’s streets.

“We are wondering where this is all going,” 29-year-old Harare resident Richard Mutedzi told the Los Angeles Times. “Whatever happens, we just hope that it will not affect us and our children,”

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