HARARE -Â BELEAGURED Â Vice President Joice Mujuru’s last-minute appeal to Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has been ignored and she has been sacked, it was confirmed on Tuesday.
The 59-year-old army commander’s widow “has been relieved of her duties” along with eight ministers loyal to her in what was a widely anticipated though unprecedented move, according to the country’s Herald online.
Ministers fired are Webster Shamu, Minister of ICT, Postal and Courier Services, Simbarashe Mudarikwa, Minister of State for Mashonaland East Province, Francis Nhema, Minister of Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment, Olivia Muchena, Minister of Higher Education, Nicholas Goche Minister of Â Public Service and Labour, Didymus Mutasa, Minister of Presidential Affairs, Dzikamai Mavhaire, Minister of Energy and his deputy Munacho Mutezo.
In a letter in Â possession of ZimsInSA Â and signed by the letter of dismissal says———– says “in terms of Section 106 (2b) his excellency the President Cde Â RG Mugabe has exercised his executive powers to relieve honourable JTR Mujuru , MP of her Â position of vice-president of the Republic of Zimbabwe with immediate effect â€¦â€¦.” see copy of letter in picture.
Mugabe hinted at the congress of the ruling Zanu-PF party on Saturday that he would fire Mujuru, saying those who boycotted the event had already “said goodbye”.
It was not yet clear if Mujuru had been expelled from Zanu-PF. However in an interview with the US based Studio 7, Mujuru, says she would leave the party, saying: “I don’t any other party than, and that my party, I will die in Zanu-PF.”
Earlier, Mujuru said in a statement she had been the victim of a smear campaign. She denied accusations that she had masterminded a plot to oust or kill Mugabe, as had been alleged by media. -Â Sapa/Additional reporting www.zimsinsa.com