Mugabe Fires Chinamasa, Weakens Mnangagwa

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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe said Saturday that he plans to reshuffle his cabinet early next week in a move expected to claim the scalps of some ruling;ZANU PF bigwigs.Addressing a ZANU PF Youth League National Assembly meeting in the capital Harare, Mugabe said the reshuffle was meant weed out those who "have not lived up to the expectations" of the party.

He has told state media that he remains loyal to President Mugabe.

Others include intelligence security boss Happyton Bonyongwe, who was appointed justice minister, a position held by vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mr Chinamasa, who was away in the USA on government business when the reshuffle was announced, is considered a key ally of the VP.

"We are being threatened night and day that if a particular person does not become president we will be killed", she said.

Grace has publicly called on her husband to name a successor, ratcheting up tensions with Mnangagwa, a regime loyalist who has been widely tipped to succeed Mugabe.

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Angry Zimbabweans twitter calling for the old frayed Mugabe to "reshuffle himself" arguing he was the cief culprit to the country's economic demise. The new Minister of Tourism, Environment and Hospitality Services, Edgar Mbwembwe who was Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs said he has an important task to ensure that the tourism sector continues to soar to greater heights as one of Zimbabwe's foreign currency earners.

The vicious infighting in Zanu PF comes to a head this week after President Robert Mugabe announced that he will be reshuffling his cabinet.

Last week, Grace Mugabe accused Mnangagwa of presenting a severe recent bout of illness as an attempt by her to poison him.

He says the reshuffle shows the extent of factions within the Zanu-PF.

A former ZIPRA combatant and holder of a Bachelor of Accounts Honours Degree from the University of Zimbabwe and an MBA from the Zimbabwe Open University as well as Turin in Italy, Chiratidzo Iris Mabuwa was the first woman serve to as Deputy Minister of Industry and Commerce in independent Zimbabwe.

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