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Zimbabwe denies rumors of coup

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Zimbabwe’s National Security Council on Wednesday accused associates of the former leader Robert Mugabe and opposition officials of touting rumors of an imminent military coup and said the country is stable.

Zimbabwe’s worst economic crisis and public anger have fueled concern of the military, which ended Mugabe’s rule in November 2017.

The NSC is chaired by President Emmerson Mnangagwa and its members include security ministers and military chiefs.

“For the avoidance of doubt, there is no coup in the making,” Kazembe Kazembe, the home affairs minister in charge of the police and an NSC member told.

“We would like to take this opportunity and assure the nation and international community at large that Zimbabwe … is peaceful and stable internally.”

The main opposition accuses the government of using a coronavirus lockdown to erode political rights.

Kazembe said the administration would tackle those spreading a “medley of falsehoods”.

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