Military vehicles block road outside Zimbabwe parliament

Warning Zimbabwe Army chief Constantino Chiwenga addresses a media conference in Harare on Monday

Zimbabwe's ruling party has accused the country's army chief of "treasonable conduct" after he warned of a possible military intervention.

Mutsvangwa and the war veterans are staunch allies of Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was sacked from his post of vice president by Mugabe last week.

A Harare resident told AFP that gunfire erupted near President Robert Mugabe's private residence in Borrowdale in Harare in the early hours of Wednesday.

Martin Rupiya, an expert on Zimbabwe military affairs at the University of South Africa in Pretoria, said the army appeared to be putting the squeeze on Mugabe.

Notably though, the lead item on the ZBC state broadcaster's evening news bulletin was an anti-military rally by the youth wing of Mr Mugabe's ZANU-PF party - however the channel then missed its usual 11:00pm (local time) bulletin, without providing an explanation.

Armed soldiers in armoured personnel carriers stationed themselves at key points in Harare, while Zimbabweans formed long lines at banks to take out cash.

The political crisis is "a very public showdown" between the youth faction, loyal to Grace Mugabe, and veteran liberation fighters, who back Mnangagwa, Al Jazeera reports.

Some sources in Harare said Mugabe had invited General Chiwenga to the office for discussions earlier in the day, but that the invitation was ignored and that the president later chose to sack the general after the armoured troop carriers arrived in Harare late in the afternoon.

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Three explosions were heard in Zimbabwe's capital Harare on Wednesday as military vehicles were seen in streets.

"We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that, when it comes to matters of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in", said the General.

This action by the army was prompted by the sacking last week of vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa who has been at Mugabe's side for more then 40 years.

General Constantine Chiwenga, the head of Zimbabwe's military, warned on Monday that troops would intervene if long-term political allies continued to suffer. Mnangagwa is a veteran of the liberation war. Reuters said another two military vehicles were parked 20 miles (32km) from Harare.

In Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe tourists are going on with their business and visitors are not aware or concerned about the situation in Zimbabwe's capital.

It said Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. had advised embassy employees to stay home on Wednesday and US government personnel have been told to work from home due to the "ongoing political uncertainty". Areport said they would face charges of undermining the authority of the President, by singing "We hate what you're doing" as the first lady spoke.

One of our own sources also told us Mugabe is planning to address the nation, and announce his resignation.

Is there a military coup in Zimbabwe?

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