After allegedly staging a “coup” against President Robert Mugabe, the Zimbabwean military read out a statement on the country’s national broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC), on Wednesday morning.
Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party fired former Zimbabwe vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa hours after he’d portrayed himself as the future of both Zimbabwe and the beleaguered ruling party. Is Mnangagwa banking on the military, which has played a leading role in suppressing democracy and propping up Mugabe in the past 36 years, to retire the old man and install him as president?
Emmerson Mnangagwa has responded to his recent firing by President Robert Mugabe as Zimbabwe’s vice president. In a statement, Mnangagwa, who has already fled to neighbouring South Africa to escape “incessant threats” to his life, suggested that he’ll wrestle Mugabe for the leadership of both the ruling Zanu PF party and Zimbabwe.
In a development that’s likely to doom his re-election prospects during the much-anticipated 2018 elections, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe just fired his long-time Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa with immediate effect.