Mugabe fires Zimbabwe vice-president
Robert Mugabe has fired his powerful vicepresident, clearing the way for his wife, Grace, to succeed him as leader of Zimbabwe.
The information minister, Simon Khaya Moyo, told reporters at a press conference in Harare on Monday that Emmerson Mnangagwa had been removed from his post.
Moyo said Mnangagwa, 75, a former intelligence chief, had exhibited disloyalty, disrespect and deceitfulness.
A vicious struggle to succeed Mugabe, who is 93 and visibly ailing after 37 years in power, appears to have been settled in favour of Mugabe’s wife, who is 52.
The first lady is far from a popular figure in Zimbabwe. Her image has suffered after an alleged assault on a model she found in the company of her sons in a luxury apartment in Johannesburg, South Africa.