Mnangagwa warned of possible Chiwenga-Mali-like coup: Report

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CAPE TOWN– Vice President, Rtd General Constantino Chiwenga, is all but now a heartbeat away from being elected by the ruling Zanu PF party, to take over the party and government, by replacing President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is going to be soon recalled by the party during a special Central Committee meeting anytime from now, Spotlight Zimbabwe alleges.

The revelations also come at a time, when Mnangagwa is said to have been reportedly warned this week, by state intelligence, during a homeland security briefing with his national security minister, Owen Ncube, that he risks facing a “well synchronised Mali-like detention or insurrection” by disenfranchised junior and middle-ranking officers in the Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA), who are determined to dethrone him over meagre salaries and poor working conditions, if Zanu PF fails to recall him by year-end, intelligence officials familiar with the matter disclosed last night.

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita resigned on Tuesday and dissolved parliament hours after mutinying soldiers detained him at gunpoint, plunging a country already facing a jihadist insurgency and mass protests deeper into crisis.

Looking tired and wearing a surgical mask, Keita resigned in a brief address broadcast on state television after troops seized him along with Prime Minister Boubou Cisse and other top officials.

“If today, certain elements of our armed forces want this to end through their intervention, do I really have a choice?” he said from a military base in Kati outside the capital Bamako where he had been detained earlier in the day, news agency Reuters reported.

The brewing rebellion from disgruntled elements within the security forces is said to be the brainchild of soldiers loyal and sympathetic to former retired generals, and military leaders unfairly retired or resigned by Mnangagwa ever since, the man fast approaching his octogenarian phase, toppled former leader President Robert Mugabe, in a coup in November 2017.

According to three senior Zanu PF politburo members who spoke to Spotlight Zimbabwe on Wednesday, Mnangagwa is going to be recalled from his position as Zanu-PF President and First Secretary, anytime soon, as the majority of the 49-member politburo organ are now rallying behind Chiwenga, and are endorsing that he leads a transitional authority that will run for the duration of Mnangagwa’s remaining tenure in office.

“I can confirm that the president is going to be recalled soon,” said one of the politburo members soon after attending their weekly meeting.

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