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.