Zimbabwe: Mugabe fires Vice-President to propel wife

By on November 7, 2017

President Robert Mugabe Monday sacked country’s Vice-President Mnangagwa accused by his wife of plotting a coup against him, a move analysts believe is maneuvered to prepare Grace Mugabe for the pinnacle.
Emmerson Mnangagwa was fired over several accusations including “disloyalty in the execution of his duties”, the announcement by the information minister, Simon Khaya Moyo.
Mnangagwa’s sacking also came following a Sunday rally of ruling party Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front Zanu-PF in capital Harare at which First Lady Grace Mugabe indicated he told her husband that “should leave your position for me” after accusing the Vice President of plotting to topple the 93-old President.
Mugabe himself on Saturday at a rally in the country’s second city of Bulawayo said he was prepared to dismiss Mnangagwa.
Mnangagwa’s downfall started following his removal from the cabinet as Justice Minister in the cabinet reshuffle weeks ago after a demand by Grace and Zanu PF Secretary for Youths, Kudzanai Chipanga.
The Monday move rolls out the red carpet for Grace to became the second most important figure in the Southern African country as the ruling party heads towards a internal constitutional reform next month allowing a woman to be appointed to its top body.
Mnangagwa, 73, a longstanding Mugabe’s comrade is viewed as the person to replace the Zimbabwean leader who has been running country since 1980.
Believed to enjoy the support of the military and of veterans, the former Vice President joins the long list former Mugabe’s allies who are now part of a coalition of alliance.
Former Vice President, Joice Mujuru, sacked in 2014 in similar circumstances is part of the alliance which also includes former Finance Minister Tendai Biti and ex-Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.
Mugabe has been selected as Zanu-PF candidate for year presidential elections.

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