Harare, Zim­babwe

The Week (US) - - News 9 -

First lady rises: Robert Mu­gabe abruptly sacked his vice pres­i­dent this week, clear­ing the way for his wife, Grace, to suc­ceed him as Zim­babwe’s leader. In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Si­mon Khaya Moyo an­nounced the dis­missal of Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa, say­ing the veep had dis­played “traits of dis­loy­alty, dis­re­spect, de­ceit­ful­ness, and un­re­li­a­bil­ity.” Be­cause of his strong sup­port within the coun­try’s pow­er­ful se­cu­rity es­tab­lish­ment, Mnan­gagwa, 75, was long viewed as the likely suc­ces­sor to Mu­gabe, 93. But as Mu­gabe’s health has de­te­ri­o­rated in re­cent years, Mnan­gagwa has in­creas­ingly clashed with 52-year-old Grace, his main ri­val for Zim­babwe’s top job. He re­cently ac­cused Grace of poi­son­ing him; she in turn called Mnan­gagwa the “root cause of fac­tion­al­ism” in the rul­ing ZANU-PF party. Grace is now ex­pected to be named vice pres­i­dent at a spe­cial ZANU-PF congress later this month.

Grace Mu­gabe

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