General Constantino Chiwenga warned of military intervention to back independence figures after President Robert Mugabe purged his prominent second-in-command.
A manhunt is underway after the first lady was heckled at a rally.
Robert Mugabe fired his deputy on Monday, paving the way for his wife Grace to succeed him.
A report that Grace Mugabe donated used underwear to party activists is the latest in a series of embarrassments caused by the first lady.
The first lady may struggle to convince Zimbabweans that she is ready to be president after allegedly beating a model with an extension cord.
Zimbabwe’s first lady is trying to dodge allegations of assault, but many are adamant she should be charged.
Zimbabwe’s first lady is accused of assault and has failed to show up in court in South Africa, where her husband is now going for a conference.
Grace Mugabe is accused of assaulting a young woman with an extension cord after the woman visited two of the Mugabe sons at a Johannesburg hotel.
Grace Mugabe was taken to a local hospital where she was treated for bruising.
When he finally goes, the world’s oldest head of state could leave a disaster in his wake.