Trouble for Mugabe as Zimbabwe military threatens to step

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The ruling party will next month hold an extra ordinary congress to reaffirm Mugabe's candidature in next year's presidential elections and also amend the party constitution to allow for a female vice president.

Zimbabwe is reportedly "on the edge" after the country's army chief demanded a "stop" to the purge in President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF following the sacking of vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Chiwenga threatened retribution on all Zanu PF counter-revolutionaries bent on "destroying the party from within".

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

Chiwenga did not state what action the military would take but said the defense forces "strongly urge the party to stop the reckless utterances by politicians from the ruling party denigrating the military which is causing alarm and despondency within the rank and file".

He said the ZANU-PF had been undermined by "gossiping, backbiting and public chastisement" since 2015, and added, "Indeed, the party is undoing its legacy built over the years". Mugabe, 93, fired Munangagwa, the man who for so long looked like he would succeed the longtime Zimbabwe president. "The resultant economic impasse has ushered in more challenges to the Zimbabwean populace such as cash shortages and rising commodity prices".

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"From a security point of view, we can not ignore the experiences of countries such as Somalia, [the Democratic Republic of Congo] DRC, Central Africa Republic and many others in our region, where minor political differences degenerated into serious conflict that has decimated the social, political and economic security of ordinary people".

For her part, Mrs. Mugabe has dared the army to shoot her, calling for the military to stay out of politics.

The unprecedented move by the army since independence comes a week after Mnangagwa issued a statement saying that he would return home in a few week's time to take over all levers of power. I will fight tooth and nail against those making a mockery of Zanu PF founding principles, ethos and values.

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Gen. Chiwenga said Zimbabwe's history is hinged on the ideals of the revolution dating back to the First Chimurenga where thousands of people perished.

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