>> A rumbling political struggle for Zimbabwe's next leader turning into a military takeover. But what prompted soldiers to Harare's streets? Last week, long ruling President Robert Mugabe fired his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, paving away for his wife Grace to be his successor. She's risen from being a secretary in the government typing poll to the rolling party's top ranks.
On Monday, the army's chief threatened to intervene to end the purge of his allies. 24 hours later, military vehicles were blocking some streets around the capital as an overnight coup targeted the First Lady's so-called G40 political faction. Reuter's Correspondent in Harare Macdonald Dzirutwe says it's a fight between two factions.
>> The G40 faction which is basically made up of youthful ZANU-PF officials who are rooting behind Grace, and what they call the Lacoste faction which was rooting behind Emmerson Mnangagwa made up of war veterans. So obviously when Mnangagwa was fired, it means that the G40 was ascending and the war veterans were losing their grip.
>> Mnangagwa was a veteran of the country's 1970s liberation was and a pillar of the military machine in politics. He was also a favorite to take over as president. The 93 year old Mugabe is the only leader Zimbabwe has known since it gained independence from Britain 37 years ago.
His elevated status in Africa is a stark contrast to the west, where it's believed he's destroyed one of the continents most promising states. In the last year, a chronic absence of dollars has led to long queues outside banks, and an economic and financial collapse that many feel will rival the meltdown of 2007, 2008.
>> And obviously in hard economic times like this, when you're out of employment, when you're out of access, when you don't have access to state resources and state powers clearly life will be hard. So this became then a fight for the spoils of what remains of the Zimbabwean economy.
>> For now there's been no celebration or commiseration on Zimbabwe's streets with the political direction of the country still very much up in the air.