Zimbabwe's Mugabe fires VP seen as succession candidate
Monday November 6 2017
Zimbabwe's vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa(left), who is seen as favourite to succeed President Robert Mugabe. AFP PHOTO | JEKESAI NJIKIZANA
The dramatic move came after a tense weekend in which Mnangagwa and Grace Mugabe — who were seen as the leading candidates to replace the 93-year-old president — openly traded barbs.
On Saturday Mugabe openly threatened to fire Mnangagwa, accusing him of fanning factionalism to garner support ahead of the ruling Zanu-PF party's special congress due in December, after his wife was booed at a rally.
The main opposition MDC party said that the move showed the government could not be trusted with the country's future.