AS IT HAPPENED: Zanu-FP rejects coup claim, accuses army chief of 'treasonable conduct'
There is clearly unease and tension in #Zimbabwe particularly in Harare. But it’s generally business as usual. Social media , particularly WhatsApp messages, has hugely exaggerated situation. Be careful what you share.— Trevor Ncube (@TrevorNcube) November 14, 2017
The latest from AFP:
Zimbabwe's ruling party on Tuesday accused the army chief of "treasonable conduct" after he challenged President Robert Mugabe over the sacking of the vice president, in the latest sign of worsening instability.
The Zanu-PF party said in a statement that general Constantino Chiwenga's criticism was "clearly calculated to disturb national peace... and suggests treasonable conduct on his part as this was meant to incite insurrection".READ THE FULL STORY
Thanks for your concerns, there is NO coup happening in Zimbabwe. Please continue with your lives and face up to your own problems.— ZANU PF (@zanu_pf) November 14, 2017
BBC is reporting that the ANC says it will not intervene to end the crisis unfolding in neighbouring Zimbabwe.
ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe told a press conference on Tuesday that the party would be concerned if "things go wrong there because it will impact on us".
"But we have no authority over them. That’s the point we are making,” he said.Read more here
Fake news by any other name or any other scheme for any purpose or wish is just fake news!— Prof Jonathan Moyo (@ProfJNMoyo) November 14, 2017
Zimbabwe needs our prayers and love at this uncertain time. Let's hope the military will keep it's word 2 keep the peace. pic.twitter.com/Bj7SrMFbZZ— Neltah Chadamoyo (@neltahch) November 14, 2017
President Robert Mugabe is currently in a cabinet meeting.#sabcnews.— Sophie Mokoena (@Sophie_Mokoena) November 14, 2017
In my experience, social media space and real ground space can reflect two different universes. There's need to calm down a bit.— Alex T Magaisa (@Wamagaisa) November 14, 2017
My theories on tanks near Harare (in order of likelihood):— Mikhail Moosa (@Mikhail_Moosa) November 14, 2017
1) false alarm
2) military show of strength
3) Mugabe has died and military are capitalising
4) military coup against Mugabe
#BreakingNews #Zimbabwe , Capital Harare - situation tense. Citizens scares on the streets. No visible presence of any army deployment so far, just rumors. Note that Zimbabwean Constitution bars any army involvement in Politics. Is the Mugabe era about to give way? We watch. pic.twitter.com/DW0PQe8u6b— Comfort 95.1 FM, Uyo (@comfort951fm) November 14, 2017
LATEST from News24 Correspondent Frank Chikowore:
Harare - Zimbabwe's national army has been seen moving its tanks from the barracks to the the capital Harare following threats issued by the military to take control of the country's affairs. Follow the live updates.
Some witnesses said they saw four army tankers along the Chinhoyi-Harare highway in the afternoon raising fears that the army was about to stage a coup' in the politically volatile nation.
Meanwhile some Harare residents told News24 that some uniformed soldiers were deployed in street corners all day Tuesday. No comment was immediately available from army officials.
However, Zanu-PF Youth League secretary Kudzanai Chipanga told a news conference on Tuesday that his party's youths would come out in "their millions" to defend President Robert Mugabe from a potential army take-over of the country's affairs.
The militant Zanu PF youth leader also accused Chiwenga of working with fired deputy president Emmerson Mnangagwa in the latter's question to lead Zimbabwe. More to follow....
Here is what AP is reporting:
Harare - Zimbabwe is on edge as army tanks are seen outside the capital a day after the army commander threatened to "step in" to calm political tensions over the president's firing of his deputy.
The Associated Press saw three tanks with several soldiers in a convoy on a road heading toward an army barracks just outside the capital, Harare.
While it is routine for tanks to move along that route, Tuesday's timing heightens unease in this country that for the first time is seeing an open rift between the military and 93-year-old President Robert Mugabe.
Mugabe last week fired Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and accused him of plotting to take power.
Over 100 senior officials allegedly backing Mnangagwa have been listed for disciplinary measures by a faction associated with Mugabe's wife.