Zim coup leader set to retire from the army


The Zimbabwe army chief who led the operation that ousted Robert Mugabe from power is reportedly planning to retire.

According to a report by Reuters news agency, General Constantino Chiwenga is set to retire from the military to take up a government post.

Last week Chiwenga announced the end of “Operation Restore Legacy” and ordered military soldiers who had been deployed to the streets of Harare to return to the barracks.

While at a Zanu-PF party conference held last week, newly-sworn in President Emmerson Mnangagwa said that he would be announcing his two deputies in a matter of days.

Mnangagwa’s announcement has given rise to speculation that Chiwenga will announce his retirement from the army in order to take up the position as one of the two deputy presidents.