Zim army is small but potent: Military expert

Military and defence analyst at Jane's Defence Weekly, Helmoed Heitman says, although the army is denying it, it certainly looks like a coup in his eyes.

The question is what kind of a coup is it, asks Heitman.

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There are two options. Is the military tired of the mismanagement of the country, which is a trigger for a lot coups? They think they are going to be better than politicians because all they see are crooks.

Helmoed Heitman, Military and defence analyst at Jane's Defence Weekly

Or, are the senior generals of Zimbabwe wanting to secure their own positions and get rid of whoever Mugabe might put into power like his wife, which will leave them exposed?

Helmoed Heitman, Military and defence analyst at Jane's Defence Weekly

The younger officers might be supporting this thing in order to get rid of the people who are mismanaging the country, but the older officers might be in it for themselves.

Helmoed Heitman, Military and defence analyst at Jane's Defence Weekly

Heitman says the military is being careful not to call what is happening in Zimbabwe a coup in order to keep the African Union and the media out of it. The question is will this plan work as intended, asks Heitman.

But how strong is the Zimbabwean military force?

The Zim army officers for the last 20 years or so have always been very serious and professional people - small but pretty competent.

Helmoed Heitman, Military and defence analyst at Jane's Defence Weekly

The question is how much of their equipment actually works? The problem is a lot of their equipment is rather old. I don't know if they've got spares for it and how much they've been training on it.

Helmoed Heitman, Military and defence analyst at Jane's Defence Weekly

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