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.



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