Zimbabwe's former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa may have resigned this morning, and even cleared his entire government offices of his belongings, long before the government's information Minister announced his sacking, Khuluma Afrika can reveal.
Mr Mnangagwa, 75, displayed "traits of disloyalty", Information Minister Simon Khaya Moyo said.
His removal will boost the presidential ambitions of Mr Mugabe's wife Grace, 52, who told supporters at a stadium in the capital city of Harare on Sunday that she was ready to take over.
"It had become evident that his conduct in his discharge of his duties had become inconsistent with his official responsibilities".
Earlier this morning, Zimbabwe awoke to news that the President, Robert Mugabe had convened a press conference where he sought to sack his deputy.
The decision to dislodge Mnangagwa from being VP is widely linked to a perceived plot by the 93-year-old leader to appoint his wife as VP.
But the pair are thought to have recently fallen out, with Mr Mugabe publicly rebuking him at a rally over the weekend. "The only person possessing such qualities is. the first lady".
Relations soured between the two men in August after hints by Mnangagwa's allies that he had been poisoned by ice cream from a dairy owned by the Mugabes.
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