PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has revealed he was told about an impending ‘coup’ while in Eurasia a few weeks ago, and that he would be barred from entering the country on his way back.
The President said this while talking to a group of journalists at State House on Wednesday evening.
He also laughed at reports that there were divisions between him and Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga. “The people who talk about these divisions, what example do they give?
“I have known Chiwenga and his colleagues [in the military] since the struggle years. We are comrades and understand each other better than you all think.
“Somebody actually told me while I was in Eurasia that I would be barred from returning home and I just laughed that off,” Mnangagwa said with a chuckle.
Reports of a coup that never was, were first made public by President Mnangagwa’s close allies, Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator Justice Mayor Wadyajena and former Finance deputy Minister Terrence Mukupe.
The two said they were threatened with death by a group of renegade war veterans, ruling party hawks and Zanu-PF MPs for refusing to participate in a planned palace coup while the President was on a five-nation tour of Eurasia.
“They threatened to kill me and harm my family. I stand by President Mnangagwa and wish they knew ours isn’t just a political relationship,” Wadyajena revealed at the time.
Mukupe also took to Twitter, firing a series of tweets in which he said “the next 72 hours would be crucial to the future of Zanu PF.”
“I’m worried with what’s going on. The citizens are blind to what’s really going on. The next 72hrs are going to be crucial regarding the path we are going to take as a nation. Chokwadi chichabuda (the truth will come out). President Mnangagwa is not the issue. Viva Zimbabwe,” Mukupe said, while also posting a video of a popular Zanu PF liberation war song.
The President returned home without incident.