Mnangagwa’s expulsion from Zanu-PF clears the way for Grace Mugabe to succeed her husband


Zimbabwe’s former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa has not only had to deal with being fired from his position but on Wednesday learned that he was expelled from his party.

Mnangagwa was fired by Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe earlier this week.

According to Information Minister Simon Khaya Moyo, the former Vice President “consistently and persistently exhibited traits of disloyalty, disrespect, deceitfulness and unreliability,” the New York Times reports.

“It had become evident that his conduct in his discharge of his duties had become inconsistent with his official responsibilities,” Moyo said.

On Wednesday, Mnangagwa was officially expelled from the ruling Zanu-PF party.

He was reportedly sacked for “lacking supreme discipline”, Moyo explained.

Moyo added that the decision to expel Mnangagwa was unanimous and that the party was dealing with other “conspirators”.

The writing has been on the wall for Mnangagwa for a while now, with First Lady Grace Mugabe pushing for his removal, referring to him as a snake that “must be hit on the head”.

The announcement of Mnangagwa’s expulsion from the party came in the wake of a statement issued by Mnangagwa himself, saying that he was forced to flee the country as a result of death threats.

Mnangagwa took the opportunity to criticise the president, 93, and his wife, saying they hijacked the party and used it for personal gain.

Mnangagwa’s removal from the party and ultimately from the race to succeed the nonagenarian Mugabe as leader of the party has made the First Lady the favourite to win that race.

Zanu-PF is scheduled to hold a special congress in December, where it is expected that Grace Mugabe will be announced as Mnangagwa’s replacement as deputy president.