Harare: President Emmerson Mnangagwa is facing difficult times after reports revealing that he faces an imminent coup from his own army. Sources in Zimbabwe reveal that Mnangagwa has been at loggerheads with his vice president identified as Constatino Chiwenga who commands a lot of loyalty from the army and Zimbabweans. But while Mnangagwa is still battling with Chiwenga news started going around this morning that he had been put under house arrest by the army. This came after an unverified viral audio message circulating among Zimbabweans alleging that President Mnangagwa is under house arrest as Zimbabwe soldiers pressure him to resign. The audio comes days after a military linked website, that predicted 2017 coup, warned Zimbabweans to brace for another army takeover.
Audio transcript below:
Good morning tomorrow’s leaders…Let us focus and plan one thing so we can prosper. Let me give you this information. Those in Harare and Bulawayo, let us be vigilant, bloodshed is about to take place. As I speak now ED(President Mnangagwa) is under house arrest, Chasi(Minister) is also under attack. Things have fallen apart, they are asking him to resign. Right now, he is under house arrest look, listen, you will agree with me very soon. Many may say it is impossible but as I say today Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa is under house arrest.
ED is now operating from the State House office under the watchful eye of his army captors. They are forcing him to resign as they don’t want to do a second coup. Those in towns be careful, you may die. ZwNews could not verify the source of the above audio message. To give substance to the second coup theory, a close ally of President Mnangagwa and former government Minister Terence Mukupe recently warned the army that they will not be allowed to overthrow Mnangagwa’s government.
Mukupe Said in a tweet thus:
“You can’t employ the same strategy twice. Good luck to you daydreamers. We will respond in kind,” Mukupe tweeted, was apparently referring to the 2017 coup which ironically catapulted Mnangagwa into power, after toppling Robert Mugabe. Mukupe, in the tweet, attached a short video of Major General Sibusiso Moyo announcing the 2017 coup on ZBC TV. Moyo is one of several leaders being considered as Mnangagwa’s successors, according to the army leaks.
However, it has since emerged that although Mnangangwa is facing still resistance from his own Vice president and the Zimbabwean army, he is not yet under house arrest.