Robert Mugabe fires Vice President

Zimbabwe's Mugabe sacks vice-president Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe's former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa may have resigned this morning, and even cleared his entire government offices of his belongings, long before the government's information Minister announced his sacking, Khuluma Afrika can reveal.

The announcement was made Monday afternoon by Information Minister Simon Khaya Moyo.

Mr Mnangagwa, 75, had displayed "traits of disloyalty", Moyo added, as the big stick was wielded on one said to be a favourite to succeed the 93-year-old leader.

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It also cleared the decks for Mugabe's wife, Grace Mugabe, to succeed her husband.

Mnangagwa was the most prominent of two vice presidents and had been part of Mugabe's cabinet since independence in 1980.

But the pair are thought to have recently fallen out, with Mr Mugabe publicly rebuking him at a rally over the weekend.

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Mnangagwa was appointed vice president in 2014, taking over from Joice Mujuru - who was axed after Grace Mugabe launched a campaign accusing her of plotting to topple the president.

Mnangagwa's Achilles' heel may well have been his supporters, who kept calling on Mugabe to step down.

Mugabe intends to contest elections due next year and does not face a united opposition.

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