Zimbabwe VP Mnangagwa sacked

Mr Emmerson Mnangagwa. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe fired Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday, the government said, as the battle between Mr Mnangagwa and President Mugabe’s wife Grace to succeed the veteran leader intensified.

“(President) Mugabe has exercised his powers to relieve honourable vice-president E.D. Mnangagwa of his position as vice president,” Information minister Simon Khaya Moyo told a press briefing in Harare, accusing him of “disloyalty”.

President Mugabe’s dramatic move came after a weekend of high drama between Mr Mnangagwa and Grace after which President Mugabe appeared to finally back his wife in the succession race.

On Saturday the 93-year-old president threatened to fire Mr Mnangagwa, accusing him of fanning factionalism to garner support ahead of a party special congress due in December, after Grace was booed at a weekend rally.

Become inconsistent

Grace responded defiantly on Sunday by saying that she was ready to succeed her husband.

“It had become evident that his conduct in the discharge of his duties had become inconsistent with his official responsibilities,” Mr Moyo said.

“The vice president has consistently and persistently exhibited the traits of disloyalty, disrespect, deceitfulness and unreliability.”

Mr Mnangagwa was appointed vice president in 2014, taking over from Joice Mujuru — who was axed after Grace Mugabe launched a campaign accusing her of plotting to topple the president.

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