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Robert Mugabe fires Vice President

07 November 2017

Simon Khaya Moyo said on Monday that President Robert Mugabe, 93, has fired the vice president who had always been viewed as his successor.

Kasukuwere and Moyo are leading members of the G40 Zanu PF faction which has the support of Grace Mugabe and, it is widely, her husband President Robert Mugabe.

After a lifetime of service Emmerson Mnangagwa was sacked with immediate effect on Monday by President Robert Mugabe, who accused him of "disloyalty, disrespect, deceit and being unreliable".

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

Grace has said she was ready to become deputy to her husband. Mugabe has a history of punishing ambition in ZANU-PF. Mnangagwa's biggest undoing may well have been his vocal supporters, who kept prodding Mugabe to step down.

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"In 1980 this person called Mnangagwa wanted to stage a coup". Relations also cooled between the two men in August after suggestions by Mnangagwa's allies that he had been poisoned by ice cream from a dairy owned by the Mugabes.

Moyo is under probe by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) for abuse of money from the Zimbabwe Manpower Development Fund (ZimDef), while Kasukuwere received no confidence votes from the ruling party's 10 administrative provinces on accusations creating parallel structures to topple President Robert Mugabe.

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Robert Mugabe fires Vice President