Zimbabwe's Mugabe sacks vice-president Mnangagwa

May 2008 shows Zimbabwe's ruling party ZANU-PF then election agent Emmerson Mnangagwa addressing a press conference in Harare

Zimbabwe's Mugabe sacks vice-president Mnangagwa

Zimbabwe's Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been removed from his post, the country's information minister says.

According to sources, whose reports and facts have been verified, staff at the office of the Vice President, at the corner of Third Street and Central Avenue were instructed to pack all personal belongings and clear the building.

On Saturday, the 93-year-old president threatened to fire Mnangagwa, accusing him of fanning factionalism to garner support ahead of a party special congress due in December, after Grace was booed at a weekend rally.

Mnangagwa's dismissal is with immediate effect for among other reasons disloyalty, disrespect, deceit and being unreliable.

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Mnangagwa had been vice president since 2014 when his predecessor, Joice Mujuru, was sacked for allegedly plotting to oust Mugabe.

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

"It had become evident that his conduct in the discharge of his duties had become inconsistent with his official responsibilities".

"In 1980 this person called Mnangagwa wanted to stage a coup".

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"We need someone who is acceptable and with unquestionable loyalty to the party and its principal, the President Comrade RG Mugabe", Kudzai Chipanga, ZANU-PF youth league leader.

Grace responded defiantly on Sunday by saying that she was ready to succeed her husband.

"So I have said to the president: 'You can also leave me in charge, '" she said.

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