Vice-president accused of plotting to kill Mugabe

2014-11-16 14:21

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Supporters of President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace have accused vice-president Joice Mujuru of being at the centre of a plot to assassinate the 90-year-old Zimbabwean leader.

“That is a straightforward treason case,” prominent Harare lawyer Jonathan Samkange was quoted as saying by the Sunday Mail.

“The police should take action, arrest the accused and charge them with treason.”

Zimbabwe’s official Sunday Mail is controlled by a faction of Zanu-PF, led by Mujuru’s arch-rival, Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mnangagwa is believed to be behind Grace Mugabe’s political rise. The minister was reportedly pushing for Mujuru to be sacked as vice-president at a Zanu-PF congress in December.

The Sunday Mail reported that former Zanu-PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo was recorded making an assassination threat against Mugabe.

The newspaper further claimed that ruling party official Didymus Mutasa suggested that Mugabe would be “shot” if he sided with Mnangagwa’s faction.

Both Gumbo and Mutasa are supporters of Mujuru.

Mujuru was until this year one of the strongest contenders to succeed Mugabe, who has been in power in Zimbabwe since independence in 1980.

In July, however, the president’s 49-year-old wife was nominated to lead the ruling party’s women’s league and she immediately launched a campaign to discredit Mujuru.

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24


Man scores date with tennis superstar after Twitter bet

It’s a modern day Cinderella story, but one American man took ‘shoot your shot’ seriously in 2017.


You won't want to miss...

Who are the highest paid models of 2017?
10 gorgeous plus-sized models who aren't Ashley Graham
5 top leg exercises for men
10 best dressed men of 2017
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.