Allies of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe have warned the navy chief towards meddling in politics.
Gen Constantino Chiwenga had mentioned the military was ready to intervene to finish purges inside the ruling Zanu-PF occasion.
His feedback got here per week after Mr Mugabe sacked his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has fled into exile.
But the Zanu-PF’s Youth League, which backs President Mugabe’s spouse Grace to switch Mr Mnangagwa, informed the military chief to “stay in the barracks”.
Its chief, Kudzai Chipanga, mentioned his members wouldn’t enable the armed forces to subvert the structure and had been ready to die to defend President Mugabe.
He informed a press convention within the capital, Harare, that the navy chief didn’t benefit from the help of the “entire defence force”.
“We will not sit and fold hands while threats are made against a legitimately elected government,” he mentioned.
Gen Chiwenga appeared at a information convention on Monday with one other 90 senior military officers current.
He had mentioned the “current purging” that focused “members of the party with a liberation background” ought to cease.
The nation’s state-linked media have noticed a black-out on his remarks – the Herald newspaper took down an article it had initially posted on its web site about his warning, the Zimbabwe Mail stories.
Mr Chipanga additionally requested the final to account for some $15bn (£11bn) of diamond mining revenues, which President Mugabe mentioned final yr was lacking from state coffers, blaming international mining corporations.
The BBC’s Shingai Nyoka within the Harare says at one time there was a partnership between the military’s mining firm and a Chinese agency that was prospecting within the wealthy Marange diamond fields within the east of the nation.
The ongoing tussle inside Zanu-PF is about who will succeed President Mugabe, who’s 93-years-old.
Its youth wing backs Mr Mugabe’s spouse Grace, who’s now the favorite to succeed her husband. She has referred to the sacked vice-president as a snake which “must be hit on the head”.
Mr Mnangagwa, nicknamed the “crocodile”, has rebuked Mr Mugabe, saying Zanu-PF is “not personal property for you and your wife to do as you please”.