Johannesburg – The crisis in Zimbabwe continues with mounting tensions as the military extends its dragnet to “fish out” what it described as “criminal elements” from within President Mugabe’s government ruling Zanu PF party, Zimbabwe’s NewsDay reported on Friday morning.
The arrests continued as what appeared to be hours of fruitless negotiations between 93-year-old Mugabe and army generals, including Commander Constantino Chiwenga the mastermind behind the “coup”, took place on Thursday night.
The negotiations at State House were also attended by Southern African Development Community (SADC) envoys – South Africa Defence Minister Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and State Security Minister Bongani Bongo. It ended just before midnight.
As more prominent military figures were nabbed, Central Intelligence Organisation director Albert Miles Nguluvhe was released on Thursday.
A senior military official said Nguluvhe was free to go because he was not a member of Grace Mugabe’s G40 faction but added that the official reason for his arrest was to “alienate him” from the president.
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