Zimbabwe’s ruling party has accused the country’s army chief of “treasonable conduct” after he warned of a possible military intervention in politics.
General Constantino Chiwenga had challenged President Robert Mugabe after he sacked the vice-president.
Gen Chiwenga said the army was prepared to act to end purges within Mr Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party.
The party said the general’s comments were “calculated to disturb national peace… [and] incite insurrection”.
In a statement, the party said it would never succumb to military threats, and that it “reaffirms the primacy of politics over the gun”.
The statement was signed by SK Moyo, the information secretary, on party letterheaded paper.
Mr Mugabe sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa last week, amid a row over succession.
Mr Mnangagwa had previously been seen as an heir to the 93-year-old president, but First Lady Grace Mugabe is now the clear front-runner.