Political tensions are boiling in Zimbabwe Wednesday after Zimbabwe’s army denied reports on state television that the country was under a “military takeover” against strongman President Robert Mugabe.
In a statement on state TV, the army said Mugabe and his wife are safe but that action will be taken against “criminals” surrounding them.
Early Wednesday, at least three explosions rocked the streets of Harare and armed soldiers and military vehicles were seen in the streets.
“We are only targeting criminals around who him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice,” Maj. Gen. S.B. Moyo said on broadcaster Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation. Moyo urged the public to remain calm but to “limit unnecessary movement.”
The troop movements occurred one day after Zimbabwe’s military warned Mugabe it would “step in” if he continued a purge within the ruling party that included firing Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Images posted on Twitter showed tanks and trucks loaded with troops, reportedly traveling along the road toward the capital Harare. Other images showed tanks and armored troop carriers stopped along the road.
Zimbabwe’s ruling party denied anything was amiss on its Twitter account.
“There is NO coup happening in Zimbabwe. Please continue with your lives and face up to your own problems,” tweeted the country’s…