President Robert Mugabe rubbed the country’s military the wrong way when he sacked vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mr. Mnangagwa is Zimbabwe’s independence hero who is also revered by the military for his contribution in the liberation of Zibwabwe from British colonialists.
Zimbabwe’s top army general Constantino Chiwenga warned that the military wouldn’t hesitate to step in to end purges against former liberation war fighters including the sacked VP.
Mugabe plunged the country into political crisis when he sacked Mnangagwa who was considered to be his possible successor.
Mnangagwa dismissal was a well calculated plan by the country’s ruling Zanu-PF party to lock him out from ascending to presidency.
With the sacked VP out of the picture, Zanu-PF plans to have Grace Mugabe succeed her 93-year-old husband. The military is the only entity that can stop Zanu-PF’s plans to have Grace succeed Mugabe who has ruled the southern African country for 37 years.
Photos of military vehicles heading to Zimbabwe’s capita Harare have been widely shared on social media. Local media also report that heavily armed military personnel have sealed off state TV broadcaster ZBC and blocked major roads outside the city.
Below are some of the photos shared on social media: