Zimbabwe's Mugabe sacks vice president seen as top succession candidate

Zimbabwe's Mugabe sacks vice-president Mnangagwa

FIRST lady Grace Mugabe has again defended Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo, claiming they were being persecuted for challenging vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa over his "misplaced" political ambitions.

It had become evidence that his conduct of his duties had become inconsistent with his official responsibilities.

But the pair are thought to have recently fallen out, with Mr Mugabe publicly rebuking him at a rally over the weekend. The reaction of the military could be key. On Sunday, she said at a rally that she was ready to take over from her husband.

The 93-year-old president and his wife have in recent months accused Mnangagwa of plotting to oust Zimbabwe's leader, who has been in power since independence from white minority rule in 1980. Grace made worldwide headlines in August when a South African model said the Zimbabwean first lady had whipped her with an electric cable in a Johannesburg hotel suite.

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The post Breaking: Mugabe sacks vice president Mnangagwa appeared first on Vanguard News. Mnangagwa's biggest undoing may well have been his vocal supporters, who kept prodding Mugabe to step down.

The brief announcement was made by government spokesman and Zanu PF chairman SK Moyo and was aired on the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation's radio and on other state media, such as The Herald newspaper.

The 92-year-old Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, on Thursday in Harare maintained that even though is party would choose a successor, he planned to contest the next election in 2018.

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