Mu­gabes con­sol­i­date grip on Zim­babwe

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - - WORLDWIDE -

Po­lice in Zim­babwe may bring trea­son, fraud, and mur­der charges against a sacked vice-pres­i­dent who has vowed to chal­lenge the grip of Zim­bab­wean pres­i­dent Robert Mu­gabe’s fam­ily on power.

Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa was Mu­gabe’s right-hand man for 40 years — un­til he lost a bit­ter power strug­gle with Mu­gabe’s wife Grace. He fled Zim­babwe last week af­ter the 93-year-old dic­ta­tor fired him for “un­re­li­a­bil­ity” and for al­legedly plot­ting a coup — more than 30 years ago.

Mnan­gagwa is now in South Africa, where he is at­tempt­ing to muster sup­port to chal­lenge Mu­gabe at pres­i­den­tial elec­tions next year.

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