Zimbabwe war vets 'expel' Mugabe as their leader

Mugabe Knifes VP, Could Install Wife

Zimbabwe's sacked vice president has claimed he left the country after receiving threats - but vowed to return to lead the nation.

Dumiso Dabengwa, has reportedly said that a military coup "cannot be ruled out" in the country following the sacking of former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

It is widely believed President Mugabe's persistent siege and axing of his deputy was an attempt to clear the decks for his ambitious wife, who is now primed to become VP during a party extra-ordinary congress in December.

President Robert Mugabe said he fired Mnangagwa, one of Zimbabwe's two vice presidents, earlier this week for scheming to take power, including by consulting witch doctors.

Mr Mnangagwa enjoys the backing of senior members of the Zimbabwe National Army, while the police support the Mugabe clan.

President Robert Mugabe spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time since dismissing Emmerson Mnangagwa, who had been seen as Mugabe's potential successor.

Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo told journalists in Harare that the ruling party's Politburo resolved at a meeting in Harare to expel Mnangagwa and take disciplinary measures against his lieutenants, including State Security Minister Kembo Mohadi and several top officials.

"The President had warned his deputy time and again to desist from having grand designs to seize power unconstitutionally", the Bulawayo-based paper said.

Zimbabwe's former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was sacked by President Robert Mugabe this week, is safe and will travel to South Africa "very soon", the head of the war veterans Chris Mutsvangwa said on Wednesday.

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