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Military Vehicles Move Into Zimbabwe’s Capital

Military Vehicles Move Into Zimbabwe’s Capital

Zimbabwean armored military vehicles moved into the capital a day after armed forces commander Constantine Chiwenga called for an end to purges in President Robert Mugabe’s ruling party.

At least five armored vehicles were seen on roads in and around Harare, but the capital remained calm and there was no apparent deployment to the state broadcaster or other strategic locations.

The military deployment on Tuesday followed Chiwenga’s criticism of what he described as a purge of veterans of the southern African nation’s independence war against the white-minority regime of Rhodesia.

He made his comments a week after Mugabe fired Chiwenga’s ally, Emmerson Mnangagwa, 75, as vice president and expelled him from the ruling party.

Mugabe has broken with most of his comrades who fought in the liberation war against the white-minority regime of Rhodesia, leaving the so-called Generation-40 faction of younger members of the ruling party championed by his wife, Grace Mugabe, 52, in the ascendancy.

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