MOSCOW, November 15 – Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is under heavy guard of the military amid speculation of a coup in the southern African state, media reported Wednesday.
On Tuesday, media reported that armoured vehicles had been moving toward the Zimbabwean capital. Media also informed about explosions in Harare, as well as the seizure of the television broadcasting station in the city by the military. The military announced that their activities were not the coup but were directed against the “criminals.”
According to the South African News24 website, Mugabe, 93, managed to reach an agreement with the army’s representatives that his wife would leave the country, while the president himself is preparing to announce his resignation.
Earlier in the month, Mugabe fired country’s Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had been considered the president’s potential successor and is supported by the armed forces.
On Monday, Constantine Chiwenga, the commander of the Zimbabwe Defense Forces, called on the president to stop the purge in the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) party, from which Mnangagwa had been expelled.
China said on Wednesday that Zimbabwe military chief General Constantino Chiwenga’s visit to China last week was a normal military visit, after the southern African nation’s military said it had seized power.
China is closely watching the situation in Zimbabwe and hopes that relevant parties can properly handle their internal affairs, foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a daily news briefing.