Zimbabwe´s Robert Mugabe sacks vice president seen as likely successor

Trevor Jackson
November 7, 2017

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was removed from office "with immediate effect".

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has fired his longtime confidante Emmerson Mnangagwa in a dramatic turn of events to the long-running ruling ZANU PF succession saga.Mnangagwa, until Tuesday Zimbabwe's First Vice President, was relieved of his position for alleged disloyalty.

Mr Mnangagwa, a former intelligence chief, had been a leading candidate to succeed President Mugabe.

"The vice president has consistently and persistently exhibited traits of disloyalty, disrespect, deceitfulness and unreliability", Moyo told reporters.

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Confirming Mnangagwa's expulsion was the minister of information Simon Khaya Moyo. He is said to have enjoyed the support of military generals and war veterans; his critics view him as ruthless because he was in charge of state security when Mugabe unleashed a North Korean-trained brigade to crush dissent in western Zimbabwe in the 1980s.

Mnangagwa, who survived an attempt on his life in Gwanda this year through food poisoning was key in the Zanu PF government since 1980 where he held several cabinet posts.

She had earlier called on her husband to remove his vice-president.

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

Other reports by TheDailyFarc

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