Robert Mugabe fires Vice President

Robert Mugabe fires Vice President

Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was removed from office "with immediate effect".

After a lifetime of service Emmerson Mnangagwa was sacked with immediate effect on Monday by President Robert Mugabe, who accused him of "disloyalty, disrespect, deceit and being unreliable".

Grace, 52, nicknamed "Gucci Grace" for her love of shopping, called Mnangagwa a "coup plotter" and a "coward" on Sunday in a speech that inflamed an already bad-tempered rift in the ruling Zanu-PF party. The reaction of the military could be key.

Mr Mugabe, 93, has been president of Zimbabwe since 1987 and was prime minister for seven years before that. Grace did not fight in that war. Grace denied the allegations.

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

The brief announcement was made by government spokesman and Zanu PF chairman SK Moyo and was aired on the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation's radio and on other state media, such as The Herald newspaper.

Mugabe stripped him of the justice ministry recently and criticised Mnangagwa's support for repeal of the death penalty. Relations also cooled between the two men in August after suggestions by Mnangagwa's allies that he had been poisoned by ice cream from a dairy owned by the Mugabes.

The 92-year-old Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, on Thursday in Harare maintained that even though is party would choose a successor, he planned to contest the next election in 2018.