Emmerson Mnangagwa, long seen as Mugabe’s most likely successor, was sacked on Monday (06.11.2017). His dismissal was widely expected after political rallies outmaneuvered over the weekend, at which President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace hinted at the possibility. Announcing the dismissal, Information Minister Simon Khaya Moyo said Mnangagwa had exhibited traits of disloyalty, disrespect and deceitfulness. The First Lady had openly called for the dismissal of Mnangagwa on the grounds that he was dividing the party and harboring ambitions to succeed her 93-year-old husband. She has made no secret out of wanting to replace Mnangagwa in the vice-presidency. Grace Mugabe is also pushing for the party’s constitution to be amended at an extraordinary congress planned for December to reserve the Party’s leadership for a woman, who would then be nominated presidential candidate. Or, in her own words: “If all people do not want disciplinary action to be taken against Mnangagwa, I am going to stand alone. If you see yourself going against the chosen leadership, you are gone and finished.” Zimbabweans are worried Ordinary Zimbabweans are very worried about the escalating succession fights. One man told DW Africa: “It is a curse in that the focus is no longer on economic… Read full this story
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