>> He's known as The Crocodile, a creature famed in Zimbabwe for its stealth and ruthlessness. Now Emmerson Mnangagwa is the man tipped to snap up Zimbabwe's presidency, following an apparent military coup. One of a host of political figures likely to form a national unity government, if incumbent president, Robert Mugabe, currently under house arrest, voluntarily steps down.
>> I cannot answer that.>> That's according to Zimbabwean and South African political sources, and intelligence documents seen by Reuters. The former guerrilla fighter spent a decade in prison in the 1960s, often sharing a cell with Mugabe. Following independence, he has held a role in every Zimbabwean administration.
Mnangagwa was dismissed from his post as Vice President last week. Secretive and insular, those close to him say he likes to operate under the radar. But it's likely Mnangagwa is about to step into Zimbabwe's spotlight. Tipped to be Zimbabwe's new Prime Minister is opposition leader Morgan Changurai. He flew into the capital Harare late on Wednesday, having been overseas for cancer treatment.
>> In the interests of the people. He's been Mugabe's main rival for two decades and served as Prime Minister in a national unity government between 2009 and 2013. The military chief who pulled the trigger on the coup, Constantino Chiwenga, is expected to win a senior role in the interim government.
Liberation veteran Joice Mujuru, who has the numbdager spilled blood, was ousted as Vice President in favor of Mnangagwa in 2014. Her feared husband, Solomon, was tipped as one of the few people capable of challenging Mugabe. He died suspiciously in 2011. Moscow trained Dumiso Dabengwa, nicknamed The Black Russian, fought with the anti-Colonial Zed IPRIA in the 1970s.
A rival to Mugabe's Zed ANLA. Potentially in charge of the books, Tandi Bidi, who won international plaudits for his role in the four-year unity government that stabilized Zimbabwe's imploding economy. He says he would be happy to reprise his role as Finance Minister if, his former political mentor, was also on board.