>> Comrade RG Mugabe has exercised his powers.>> An announcement that sent shock waves through Zimbabwe on Monday. The country's president, Robert Mugabe, has fired his vice president. 75-year-old Emmerson Mnangagwa will now have to step down from his post. Since being sworn into office in 2014, Mnangagwa earned the nickname the Crocodile, after an animal famous in Zimbabwean folklore for its ruthlessness.
The former Intelligence Chief had been touted as a favorite to succeed the 93-year-old leader, but now his political future hangs on a knife edge. His removal will make it easier for Mugabe's wife, Grace, to stand as a potential successor. She's been running a campaign against Mnangagwa, and in a rally over the weekend, she called him the root cause of factionalism in the ruling Zanu-PF party.
> In 1980, he tried to topple the president through a coup. I’m speaking from my previous position. I have the evidence. He actually tried to wrestle power from the president. Grace also announced that Mugabe is expected to appoint a woman deputy after a special ruling party congress next month.
Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since the country gained independence from Britain in 1980 and refuses to anoint a successor. He argues that the ruling Zanu-PF party will choose his replacement if and when he decides to retire. Mnangagwa denies all charges against him.