8 November 2017

Zimbabwe: Robert Mugabe's Fired Deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa Vows to Fight

Photo: The Finacial Gazette
Former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa and Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko (file photo).

Zimbabwe's sacked vice president has vowed to return, accusing President Robert Mugabe of treating the nation as his "personal property." Mugabe in turn claims Emmerson Mnangagwa even consulted witch doctors.

Mnangagwa departed Zimbabwe, reportedly for South Africa Wednesday, accusing Mugabe and his wife Grace of turning the ruling ZANU-PF party into property "controlled by undisciplined, egotistical and self-serving minnows."

Mugabe, in turn, told thousands of supporters in Harare that Mnangagwe, whom he sacked on Monday, had plotted to take over since 2014 when he became vice president.

Until recently, the ousted vice president had been widely seen as a potential successor to the 93-year-old president.

"We have kicked him out for the same reasons that saw us chasing away Mujuru," said Mugabe, referring to Zimbabwe's predecessor, Joice Mujuru.

"People were told that I will retire in March but I did not. Upon realizing that I wasn't, he [Mnangagwa] started consulting traditional healers on when I was going to die," Mugabe asserted.

First lady Grace Mugabe, who last Sunday said she was ready to take over from her husband, told the same crowd: "No one will remove the president except God."

"I love my president. I will help him to make the country prosper," said Grace Mugabe, referring to the once-prosperous nation.

Mnangagwa had been a close presidential ally since Mugabe took power in the 1980 independence fight against British and is still said to have close links with Zimbabwean generals and war veterans.

War veterans head Chris Mutsvangwa said the sacked vice president was safe and would travel to South Africa "very soon."

More on This

Social Media Reacts to Mnangagwa's Move to Flee From Mugabe

Social Media users have reacted with mixed emotions after ex-vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa fled the country "to… Read more »

See What Everyone is Watching

Copyright © 2017 Deutsche Welle. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 600 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.