Zim­babwe’s new leader re­veals ‘elim­i­na­tion’ plot

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Harare:zim­babwe’snew­pres­i­dent says he risked gu­nire and an hours­long walk amid land mines while es­cap­ing a plot to “elim­i­nate” him af­ter Robert Mu­gabe ired him as his deputy last year.

A state-run Zim­babwe Her­ald re­port on Satur­day said Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa re­vealed the de­tails in re­marks to Zim­bab­weans dur­ing an ofi­cial visit to An­gola.

Mnan­gagwa said he led Zim­babwe hours af­ter his ir­ing as vice pres­i­dent in early Novem­ber, warned of “a mis­sion to elim­i­nate me.” He said he trav­elled to a border post with Mozam­bique but was told he could not leave.

He said one of his sons thwarted an ef­fort to shoot him. “He is an oficer and was able to grab the weapon and I was not shot,” Mnan­gagwa was quoted as say­ing.

Mnan­gagwa said he then walked for 10 hours through a land mine-in­fested area in Mozam­bique and then took a plane from the port city of Beira to South Africa.

He re­turned days later in tri­umph to Zim­babwe af­ter the 93-year-old Mu­gabe re­signed un­der pres­sure from the mil­i­tary and rul­ing party amid fears that his un­pop­u­lar wife was po­si­tion­ing her­self to suc­ceed him.

In­his­com­mentsi­nan­gola,mnan­gagwa also spoke about re­ports that he had been poi­sone­datarul­ing­par­tyrallyandair­lifted to South Africa last year, say­ing that af­ter treat­ment “I was de­clared (poi­son) free. It is now un­de­tectable.”

The new pres­i­dent, a long­time ally of Mu­gabe, asked the coun­try dur­ing his in­au­gu­ra­tion speech to let “by­gones be by­gones.”

Mu­gabe re­mains in Zim­babwe, and Mnan­gagwa in a re­cent govern­ment no­tice spelled out beneits for him and any fu­ture pres­i­dent who serves at least one term. They in­clude govern­ment-funded ac­com­mo­da­tion, se­cu­rity de­tails and an undis­closed en­ter­tain­ment al­lowance.

Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa

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