|Rule #1: Use enough gun|
Heavily armed soldiers and military vehicles are steaming towards the capital of Harare just 24 hours after the head of the army warned he was prepared to "step in" to overthrow Mugabe.
Mugabe's sacking of his main oppinent for power, Emerson Mnangagwa, 75, has led to soaring tensions between his ruling regime and the armed forces in recent weeks.
Zimbabwe's army chief Gen Constantino Chiwenga has accused Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years, of purging his vice president in his own interests.
Mugabe, the 93-year-old leader of the Zanu-PF party, is thought to favour his wife, Grace, 55, as his successor.
In response, Zanu-PF today said Chiwenga's statement amounted to "treasonable conduct" and vowed to "never succumb to pressure from the military".
But the army want a head-of-state with a military background and more credibility on the international stage to lead the east African country into a new era.
Now images of military vehicles – including tanks carrying troops with assault rifles – have surfaced on social media in what appears to be an attempt to dipose the president.
Military vehicles are blocking off several routes into the city, with four tanks parked around 14 miles away on the main road from Harare to Chinhoyi.
That road, on the outskirts of Harare, leads towards the barracks housing the Presidential Guard, the troops tasked with protecting Mugabe.
"There were about four tanks and they turned right here, you can see markings on the road," one witness said.
State TV broadcaster ZBC has also been surrounded by members of the armed forces, local reports say.
Zimbabwe troops are refusing to confirm whether a coup attempt against Mugabe is taking place, according to Reuters.
Since Zimbabwe became an independent nation in 1980, Mugabe, aged 93, has been the only leader it has known.
Today the president is thought to have held his weekly cabinet meeting in the capital, which witnesses say appeared calm.
But on Monday, Mnangagwa issued an unprecedented threat to Mugabe's leadership over the shock sacking of his vice president.
"The current purging, which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background, must stop forthwith," he said.
"We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that when it comes to matters of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in."
Mnangagwa, a veteran of Zimbabwe’s 1970s liberation wars, was popular with the military, which viewed his removal as part of a purge of independence-era figures.
The leadership was widely expected to be handed to Mugabe's wife Grace, whose rise rhas brought her into conflict with the independence-era war veterans.
In recent years independence-era war veterans have been increasingly banished from Mugabe's government and inner circle.
Meanwhile, Grace has developed a strong following in the powerful youth wing of the ruling party.
The head of ZANU-PF’s youth wing accused the army chief of subverting the constitution on Tuesday.
“Defending the revolution and our leader and president is an ideal we live for and if need be it is a principle we are prepared to die for,” Kudzai Chipanga, who leads the ZANU-PF Youth League, said at the party’s headquarters in Harare.
When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are undisturbed. Luke 11:21
"Every nation in every region now has a decision to make.
Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists." -- George W. Bush
Hopefully, they'll all kill each other and anyone associated with ZANU-PF is wiped out.
...let him who has no sword sell his robe and buy one. Luke 22:35-36 NAV
"Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves." Matthew 10:16 NASV
Couldn't happen to a nicer guy. The country hasn't been the same since they stole the land from the white farmers. Recently they were trying to get them back involved due to massive shortages of food in a country that use to have surplus's.
Met some South Africans, same BS starting in there as it turns out, with white farmers being murdered.
Odd isn't it, they cry for Independence, get it and once in power begin killing each other and eventually run the country economy into the ground.
GOD gave them whiskey so the Irish wouldn't rule the world.
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Soooo, back to Rhodesia then??
"I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people and I require the same from them."
- John Wayne in "The Shootist"
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More of a shogunate, perhaps, with Mugabe winning the next election and serving as a sort of regent for a revised line of succession.
|His diet consists of black|
coffee, and sarcasm.
Should he be replaced, will it be with somebody as bad or worse?
Question. Which African country has the highest per capita income of all in Africa?
Let me put it this way. EG doesn't look much different than next-door neighbor Gabon.
Corruption, it seems for an eternity now, is rampant in Africa.
Worse, Chicago and Detroit.
My beloved Africa. Such a shame...
If only that was possible.
Mugabe and his Socialist thugs have run-off or killed-off nearly everyone who made Rhodesia productive.
The first lesson of economics is scarcity: there is never enough of anything to fully satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics. - Thomas Sowell
Is it coup season already?
|Leave the gun. |
Take the cannoli.
One dictator is out and another dictator is in.
What's changed? Why is this news?
Meet the new Boss; same as the old Boss.
Mugabe is 93 years old; he should be dead by now anyway.
"Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it." — Mark Twain
The creator of this map does realize that Africa is a continent, not a country?
|bigger government |
= smaller citizen
Haha that idiot put the country of Europe on there too.
California's economy alone significantly eclipses that of the entire African continent.
The lowest US state's GDP, Vermont, at $31 billion exceeds 38 African countries GDP combined.This message has been edited. Last edited by: mjlennon,
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We can only hope the current group of thugs is less long-lived.
Factoid: to be President you must have fought during the revolution that ended with the demise of Rhodesia. People that did are getting old. One day, there will be none left.
Then six tanks stolen from South Africa will reliberate Rhodesia.
Nice is overrated
And people wonder why I carry a SIG P320
Death to Terrorists
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