Zimbabwe’s sacked Vice President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, said he had fled the country, as he issued a direct challenge to President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace.
Mnangagwa said in an angry five-page statement that the ruling ZANU-PF party is not personal property of Mugabe and his wife to do as they please.
The exiled former Vice President vows he will return to Zimbabwe to lead party members.
The ruling party, (ZANU-PF), according to him, is now a party controlled by undisciplined, egotistical and self-serving minnows who derive their power not from the people and party but from only two individuals in the form of the first family
He said the Mugabes acted as if they were “demi-gods”, serving only their own interests.
Mnangagwa, nicknamed “the crocodile” due to his ruthless personality, was the foremost contender to succeed Mugabe, 93, but his abrupt removal appeared to clear the way for grace to move in to take over as president.
Mugabe addressing thousands of cheering supporters in Harare says the party will dealt with him and others who were conspirators alongside him
On Saturday, Grace Mugabe was jeered at a rally in second city Bulawayo in front of the president.