Zimbabwe’s former Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was sacked on Monday, has fled to South Africa amid demise threats, his allies say.
President Robert Mugabe, 93, accuses his former deputy of plotting to take energy from him.
“He went to apostolic church prophets to find out when Mugabe would die. But he was told he would die first,” Mr Mugabe informed supporters on Wednesday.
First Lady Grace Mugabe is now the favorite to succeed her husband.
Mrs Mugabe had been pushing for the elimination of the vice-president, referring to him as a snake that “must be hit on the head.”
She is now anticipated to be appointed vice-president at a particular congress of the ruling Zanu-PF social gathering subsequent month.
Mr Mugabe known as his former deputy a conspirator and warned that he was planning to purge others within the social gathering.
“We knew a long time ago what he [Mnangagwa] was like. But we tried to shield you from it. He thought that by being close to me, I would carry him on my back to the presidency. But I didn’t die, I didn’t resign,” he informed his supporters on the headquarters of his Zanu-PF social gathering in Harare.
“We hope we can deal with others who were conspirators alongside him,” he added.
Although Mr Mnangagwa has not commented in individual, the indignant, five-page badertion attributed to him says he had been loyal to President Mugabe.
He reportedly stated that he was being “vilified” by individuals who draw their energy “not from the people or party but from two individuals in the form of the first family”.
The badertion stated the previous vice-president stated he deliberate to return to guide Zimbabwe and accused President Mugabe and his spouse of privatising and capturing the social gathering.
It additionally criticised Zanu-PF officers for permitting the social gathering to be hijacked, saying that it was “not personal property”.
“We must reject this insane and ‘idiotic’ habit of expelling and suspending members of the party merely because we differ in opinion or have brighter and more progressive ideas of improving the lives of our people,” the badertion added.
Possible treason cost
Shingai Nyoka, BBC News, Harare
Given that this badertion has been issued by a 3rd social gathering, Emmerson Mnangagwa may disown it in future.
Last 12 months, the identical group of battle veterans who’re talking on his behalf reportedly issued an unsigned communiqué criticising “genocidal” President Mugabe and labelling him a dictator.
They disavowed the badertion after they had been arrested.
If this five-page letter is from Mr Mnangagwa, he would most likely be arrested on his return to Zimbabwe and charged with treason.
Although the letter isn’t particular concerning the actions to be taken in order that he can lead Zimbabwe, strange Zimbabweans have been charged for making an attempt to overthrow the federal government for merely posting important tweets.
Mr Mnangagwa, a former intelligence chief, had been a number one candidate to succeed President Mugabe.
He had labored intently with Mr Mugabe for greater than 40 years, serving as his particular badistant throughout the liberation battle in 1977.
His nickname within the social gathering was the “crocodile”, so-called because of his shrewdness. As but, he has not commented on his dismissal.