Zimbabwe’s Mugabe sacks VP seen as top succession candidate

HARARE, ZIMBABWE (NOVEMBER 6, 2017) (REUTERS) – Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe has fired Emmerson Mnangagwa as vice president after he showed “traits of disloyalty”, his information minister said on Monday (November 6), removing a favourite to succeed the 93-year-old leader.

Mnangagwa’s removal provides a boost for Mugabe’s wife, Grace, who has been a vocal critic of the vice president and is also seen as a potential successor to her husband.

Political analyst from University of Pretoria, Professor Siphamandla Zondi said Mnangagwa understood what was happening and he would play very cool, not challenging the sacking adding he might even try to strike deal with Grace Mugabe’s side.

Neither Mnangagwa nor his aides could immediately be reached for comment.

Grace Mugabe, 52, called Mnangagwa a coup plotter and a coward on Sunday (November 5) in a speech that inflamed an already bad-tempered rift in the ruling Zanu-PF party.