Anxiety over troops movement in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe's army chief General Constantino Chiwenga. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

A state of anxiety gripped Zimbabwe Tuesday following an unusual movement of troops into the capital Harare.

The development followed a Monday demand by the army chief for a "stop" to the purge in the ruling Zanu-PF party, after the sacking of vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

General Constantino Chiwenga warned the military could intervene.

"The current purging which is clearly targeting members of the party with a liberation background must stop forthwith," Gen Chiwenga told a media conference attended by about 90 senior army officers at army HQ.

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