Zim coup puts Mnangagwa in the driver's seat - former advisor

As citizens are urged to practice restraint amidst an apparent coup in Zimbabwe's capital Harare, it is believed former vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa may be the driving force behind the army's actions.

On Tuesday, Zimbabwe's army chief demanded a "stop" to the purge in President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF by individuals he says are "counter-revolutionary infiltrators".

READ: Military coup feared after Zim army chief demands a stop to Mugabe regime purge

This was followed by a broadcast statement from the army's Major General Sibusiso Moyo on Wednesday after soldiers and armored vehicles blocked roads to the main government offices.

Moyo assured Zimbabweans government remains intact but former advisor to Morgan Tsvangirai, Alex Magaisa suggests it is a front.

ALSO READ: Zim army appeals for restraint, says its targeting 'criminals' around Mugabe

Absolutely it is a coup. They are only doing so in order to be able to sell the current political arrangement to the various actors within the region. They are trying to dress this in a manner that looks decent but it is a coup.

Alex Magaisa, former Advisor to Morgan Tsvangirai

He says the current tensions place the axed vice president at the driver's seat.

The statement itself is very vague as to how the country is going to proceed, but I think that obviously this action was prompted by the sacking of the former vice president and therefore this puts him in the driving position.

Alex Magaisa, former Advisor to Morgan Tsvangirai

Click on the link below to hear more on what this means for Zimbabwe's future.....

Meanwhile Africa correspondent Crytsal Orderson says there are questions around South Africa's role and whether it will intervene.

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