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'Mugabe Won't Sack Mnangagwa'


Vice President-Elect Emmerson Mnangagwa, widely expected to succeed President Mugabe as Zimbabwe's next leader. (Collage by Ntungamili Nkomo)

Some Zimbabweans say it is unlikely that President Robert Mugabe will sack Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa in a Cabinet reshuffle to be announced anytime this week.

Fifty seven percent of the one hundred people, who followed a VOA Studio 7 tweet posted Saturday, said the 93 year-old Zimbabwean leader won’t fire Mnangagwa, who has clashed with his wife and other members of the ruling Zanu PF party over Mr. Mugabe’s succession.

Only 24 percent of the respondents said it is likely that the president will sack Mnangagwa, who was his right hand man during the 1970s liberation struggle.

Nineteen percent said they were not sure what Mr. Mugabe will do about Mnangagwa, said to be leading a faction of the ruling party known as Team Lacoste.

The close-ended question posed on the VOA Studio 7 Twitter handle did not give respondents a chance to give any details in their responses.

At least 616 people followed the tweet and 94 posted their votes in the informal Twitter survey, which does not necessarily reflect the thinking of the majority of Zimbabweans as they are not on Twitter.

A large number of people responded to similar posts on VOA Studio 7 and VOA Ndebele Facebook pages, with mixed views on the possible sacking of Mnangagwa in the next Cabinet reshuffle.

Two camps in the ruling party are fighting over the succession of President Mugabe, who is the sole ruling party presidential candidate in the 2018 election.

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