Mugabe fires deputy Mnangagwa

07 November, 2017, 01:08 | Author: Phil Peters
  • BREAKING: Mnangagwa Fired!

Zimbabwe's information minister has announced the dismissal of Emmerson Mnangagwa as vice president for showing "traits of disloyalty".

Information minister Simon Khaya Moyo said Mr Mnangagwa had been "disloyal" and that his conduct in carrying out his duties was "inconsistent with the responsibilities".

The decision to dislodge Mnangagwa from being VP is widely linked to a perceived plot by the 93-year-old leader to appoint his wife as VP.

It also provides a boost for Mugabe's wife, Grace, who has been a vocal critic of the vice president and is also seen as a potential successor to her husband.

On Sunday Grace Mugabe called Mnangagwa a "coup plotter" and a "coward" in a speech that ruffled more than a few feathers in Zanu-PF.

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Reacting to Monday's development, ZANU-PF's youth league said Grace Mugabe should replace Mnangagwa.

According to sources, whose reports and facts have been verified, staff at the office of the Vice President, at the corner of Third Street and Central Avenue were instructed to pack all personal belongings and clear the building.

President Mugabe declared at his youth interface rally in Bulawayo on Saturday that he was going to remove his deputy the next day.

He has been endorsed as his party's candidate for next year's election.

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