Mugabe fires Mnangagwa


Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe's wife Grace talks to Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa at a gathering of the ZANU-PF party's top decision making body, the Politburo, in the capital Harare, in this 10 February, 2016 file photo.

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&39;s wife, Grace, who has also been touted as a potential successor to her husband.

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

Mnangagwa&39;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.