Mu­gabe fires Zim­babwe vice-pres­i­dent

The Guardian Weekly - - World Roundup -

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.

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