(ZIMBABWE, LANKAPUVATH) –Zimbabwe’s information minister has announced the dismissal of Emmerson Mnangagwa as vice president for showing “traits of disloyalty”.
The expulsion on Monday removed a potential successor to Robert Mugabe, the 93-year-old president and leader of the ruling ZANU-PF party.
It also cleared the decks for Mugabe’s wife, Grace Mugabe, to succeed her husband.
Explaining the reasons for Mnangagwa’s removal, Simon Khaya Moyo, the information minister, said: “The vice president has consistently and persistently exhibited traits of disloyalty, disrespect, deceitfulness and unreliability.
“It had become evident that his conduct in his discharge of his duties had become inconsistent with his official responsibilities.”
Christopher Gwatidzo, Mnangagwa’s top aide, said he had not seen the statement by Khaya Moyo and declined to say whether the vice president had been at his office on Monday.