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Zimbabwe's Mugabe fires vice president accused of assassination plot

Once considered a possible successor to President Robert Mugabe, Vice President Joice Mujuru has for months been the target of a state media campaign -- encouraged by President Mugabe's wife, Grace -- that linked her to a plot to kill the president and accused her of corruption and treason.

By JC Finley
Zimbabwe's Mugabe fires vice president accused of assassination plot
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, pictured in September, fired his deputy on Dec. 9, 2014. UPI /Monika Graff | License Photo

HARARE, Zimbabwe, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has fired Vice President Joice Mujuru based on allegations that she was involved in an assassination plot against him.

"President RG Mugabe has exercised his executive powers to release the Honorable Joice Mujuru... with immediate effect," said a statement issued Tuesday by chief secretary to the cabinet Misheck Sibanda.

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The vice president's removal was not altogether unexpected. Mujuru's bid for increased political influence has pitted her against the president's wife, Grace Mugabe, and Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, her longtime rival.

Once considered a possible successor to Mugabe, Mujuru has for months been the target of a state media campaign -- encouraged by Grace Mugabe -- that linked her to a plot to kill the president and accused her of corruption and treason.

The vice president vehemently denied the "ridiculous" allegations, insisting that state media has "continued to publish malicious untruths" and she herself has "become a fly in a web of lies whose final objective is the destruction of the ZANU-PF."

In late November, Mujuru was blocked from a seat on ruling party ZANU-PF's powerful central committee, fueling speculation about her political future.

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"We agreed that any member of the party who is accused of assassinating the president -- we are not going to accept his or her CV [curriculum vitae]," acting ZANU-PF Mashonaland Central chairman Wonder Mashange said in November.

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