ReutersZimbabwe ruling party suspends officials seen as Mugabe critics
HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party suspended several senior officials aligned to Vice-President Joice Mujuru on Friday, weakening her position in an fierce battle to succeed ageing President Robert Mugabe.
A ZANU-PF politburo meeting, chaired by Mugabe, suspended National party spokesman Rugare Gumbo, expelled war veterans leader Jabulani Sibanda and endorsed the suspension of half the party’s provincial chairmen, citing “disciplinary issues”.
“All these decisions taken by the politburo are with immediate effect,” ZANU-PF national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo told reporters, without giving details.
The suspended politicians were seen as Mugabe critics and have been accused by Mujuru’s rivals, including Mugabe’s wife Grace, of plotting a challenge to Africa’s oldest leader at a…
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