Joice Mujuru too simplistic to lead Zimbabwe – Mugabe

2014-12-03 10:23
President Robert Mugabe. (File: AFP)

President Robert Mugabe. (File: AFP)

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Cape Town – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has reportedly described Vice President Joice Mujuru as "too simplistic" and "unprincipled" to lead Zimbabwe.

Mugabe, who for the first time accused Mujuru of plotting to unseat him from power, said he was aware of the plot for a very long time.

According to the state owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, Mugabe said Mujuru was so naive in her plot, which included "working with the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)".

Mugabe made the remarks while addressing the southern African country's military chiefs and war veterans at the Zanu-PF party headquarters before the start of a congress on Tuesday.

A Chronicle report quoted Mugabe as saying Mujuru, who has been vice president since 2004, was conspiring with the MDC and its "sponsor-state, the United States", to hasten leadership change in Zimbabwe.

Mugabe is poised to consolidate his grip on power by appointing a new set of loyalists, including his wife Grace.

Grace Mugabe is set to take over as the head of the Zanu-PF party's women's league at the conference.

According to New, this was the second time that Mugabe had given the clearest indication that he was backing his wife and a faction led by Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa in their bid to oust Mujuru at this week's congress.

Grace has in the past weeks demanded that Mujuru resigns or risk the humiliation of being "baby-dumped" at this congress, accusing the vice president of trying to topple her husband from power. Grace has also accused Mujuru of corruption.

Read more on:    mdc  |  zanu-pf  |  grace mugabe  |  emmerson mnangagwa  |  joice mujuru  |  robert mugabe  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa

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