Mugabe in trouble as Zimbabwean army chief threatens to take over

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Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s army chief has warned those responsible for “purging” the country’s ruling Zanu-PF party to stop, or the military will step in.

The rare intervention comes just a week after President Robert Mugabe sacked his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa.

General Constantino Chiwenga, who appeared at a news conference with another 90 senior army officers, did not refer to anyone by name but is believed to be referring to President Mugabe.

Mr Mnangagwa, once seen as a successor to Mr Mugabe, has fled into exile.

According to the BBC, Mugabe’s wife, Grace, who is now the favourite to succeed her husband, referred to Mr Mnangagwa as a snake which “must be hit on the head”.

Mr Mnangagwa, nicknamed the “crocodile” because of his perceived shrewdness, has rebuked Mugabe, saying Zanu-PF is “not personal property for you and your wife to do…

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