Zimbabwe: President Robert Mugabe fires Vice President Joice Mujuru, 8 other Cabinet ministers

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Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has fired the country's vice president, Joice Mujuru.

In a statement released by the government on Tuesday, Mugabe fired Mujuru and eight other Cabinet ministers with immediate effect.

Mugabe has recently accused Mujuru of plotting to assassinate him and has branded her a witch. Mujuru and her allies were kicked out of their senior positions in the ruling party, Zanu-PF, at a meeting last weekend. The 90-year-old president said he would, however, allow them to retain ordinary membership of the party.

The ministers of energy, education, public service and social welfare, presidential affairs, communication and postal servicess were among those fired.

Mujuru is the first vice president to be fired since Zimbabwe gained independence in 1980. Her four predecessors all died in office.