Military coup feared after Zim army chief demands a stop to Mugabe regime purge

Zimbabwe's army chief has demanded a "stop" to the purge in President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF by individuals he says are "counter-revolutionary infiltrators".

In a press briefing on Monday, General Constantino Chiwenga said: "Many of these gallant fighters still live on in the hope of seeing a prosperous Zimbabwe, it is pertinent to restate that the Zimbabwe defence forces remain the major stakeholders in respect to the gains of the liberation struggle when these are threatened we are obliged to take corrective measures."

The statement follows the sacking of vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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Stephen Grootes spoke to Professor David Moore, Department of Anthropology and Development Studies Head of Department at the University of Johannesburg.

Moore says Chiwenga does not have sufficient support.

It is a bit of a gamble on where the army as a whole would go if it actually went that far, I think it could also be a statement to Robert Mugabe and the Generation 40 who seem to be behind Grace Mugabe's move to become the next vice president that they should take the military seriously, that they can't just throw them all out.

Professor David Moore, Department of Anthropology and Development Studies Head of Department at UJ

These purges are going on in the regional branches as well. I somehow don't think there would be coup.

Professor David Moore, Department of Anthropology and Development Studies Head of Department at UJ

Listen below to Professor Moore's insights into the current tense situation in Zimbabwe:


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