Published: Thu, November 09, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Zimbabwe war vets 'expel' Mugabe as their leader

Zimbabwe war vets 'expel' Mugabe as their leader

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, centre, smiles as he arrives for a a solidarity rally in Harare, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017.

The war veterans' leader said this from South Africa at a press conference with worldwide media on Wednesday.

CHRIS Mutsvangwa, the war veterans national chair and top ally to axed Emmerson Mnangagwa has revealed that the axed Vice President is on his way to South Africa with signs he could be seeking exile.

Mrs Mugabe said at the weekend she wanted to be a vice president and expects to be appointed to the post at the ruling Zanu PF's congress next month. Mugabe accuses his former deputy of plotting to take power, which Mnangagwa denies.

The war veterans' statement used language similar to that used by Mr Mugabe's guerrillas during their fight against white minority-ruled Rhodesia in the 1970s.

Mnangagwa says he is safe but does not mention his location.

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According to the state-owned Herald newspaper, that was the time when he reportedly "unsuccessfully attempted to wrestle power from President Mugabe soon after the country's democratic elections".

Mugabe on Monday fired his deputy as tensions between Mnangagwa and the veteran leader's wife Grace to succeed him intensified.

After Zimbabwean independence in 1980 he acted as Mr Mugabe's hatchet man against internal opposition, and has been accused of orchestrating crackdowns which saw thousands killed.

"We have kicked him out for the same reasons", Mugabe said of Mnangagwa.

Mugabe is due to address the crowd of supporters who've held up banners announcing their support for First Lady Grace Mugabe to become the new vice president.

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