Four tanks were seen heading towards the Zimbabwean capital on Tuesday, according to Reuters witnesses.
Source: Tanks head to Harare: report- ENCA 14 November 2017
Mnangagwa, 75, a long-serving veteran of Zimbabwe’s 1970s liberation wars, had been viewed as a likely successor to Mugabe before the president fired him on 6 November.
His downfall appeared to pave the way for Mugabe’s wife, Grace, to succeed the 93-year-old president, the only leader Zimbabwe has known in 37 years of independence.
“We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that, when it comes to matters of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in,” Chiwenga said in a statement read to reporters on Monday.
Grace Mugabe, 52, has developed a strong following in the powerful youth wing of the ruling Zanu-PF party.
Her rise has brought her into conflict with the independence-era war veterans, who once enjoyed a privileged role in the ruling party under Mugabe, but who have increasingly been banished from senior government and party roles in recent years.
Soldiers on the scene refused to talk to Reuters.
*Editor’s note: this is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.