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President Mnangagwa fires Zimbabwe's security minister Ncube

11 January 2022, The EastAfrican
President Mnangagwa fires Zimbabwe's security minister Ncube

Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday fired his feared State Security Minister Owen Ncube “for conduct inappropriate for a minister of government.”

The announcement was made by President Mnangagwa's office in a brief statement amid speculation that the two fell out over violence that rocked the ruling Zanu PF's recent internal elections.

The ruling party a week ago held its first internal elections since the 2017 coup that toppled long-time ruler Robert Mugabe, who was replaced by President Mnangagwa.

The president's office did not give reasons for the former minister's sacking.

Mr Ncube, who, as State Security minister was in charge of the feared Central Intelligence Organisation, was a close ally of the 78 year-old president.

He was considered to be among the hardliners in President Mnangagwa's government and was accused by the United States as well as the United Kingdom of behind the violent clampdowns against the regime's critics.
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