Kate Hoey MP has speculated the unfolding situation in Zimbabwe might bring even greater chaos to the African country.
The Zimbabwean military has placed Mugabe under arrest and taken control of key institutions, while the former vice-president of his administration, Emmerson Mnangagwa, is reported to have returned from exile after being fired last week.
Hoey, the Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Zimbabwe, speculates the army may be trying to install Mnangagwa - who has "inspired even greater terror" than Mugabe himself - in power.
She told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "It is, I think, a very deliberate policy of the army to support Mnangagwa, who Mugabe got rid of last week.
"He’s in many ways one figure in Zimbabwe who inspired even greater terror than Mugabe because he was the person responsible for the absolute slaughter of 20,000 people after Mugabe took power in the 1980s.
"That has lingered on, he’s a very feared person.
"The idea, of course, of this bringing huge change to Zimbabwe is perhaps misplaced."