Mugabe fires Mnangagwa

File: Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe and sacked vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa at a Zanu-PF gathering in February, 2016. Photo: REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo

HARARE - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has fired Emmerson Mnangagwa as vice-president, Information Minister Simon Khaya Moyo said on Monday.

Mnangagwa is a favourite to succeed the 93-year-old president.

A 75-year-old former intelligence chief, Mnangagwa has been heavily criticised by supporters of Mugabe's wife, Grace, who has also been touted as a potential successor to her husband.

READ: Grace says ready to take over in Zimbabwe

Moyo said Mnangagwa had exhibited traits of disloyalty, disrespect and deceit.

Mnangagwa's supporters heckled First Lady Grace Mugabe at a tense Zanu PF youth rally in Bulawayo recently.

In August, Mnangagwa was flown to South Africa for medical treatment for suspected food poisoning.

Mugabe denied his deputy had been poisoned.

 

Reuters

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