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PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe's bid to ditch Vice-President Joice Mujuru started way back in 2007, barely three years after he had catapulted her into the presidium at the expense of Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa who had won the support of eight nominations in the build-up to the 2004 congress.

On the eve of his birthday in February 2007, Mugabe surprisingly made veiled attacks on Mujuru, virtually accusing her of plotting to undermine him while in the process promoting her own

Former ZANU PF party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo's lengthy suspension from the ruling party by the politburo last week, along with other allies of Vice President Joice Mujuru, all but brings to an end his long yet controversial political career in which he worked alongside the late Herbert Chitepo in Zimbabwe's 1970s struggle for Independence.

Gumbo, the only surviving member of Zanu's Dare re Chimurenga which planned and directed the liberation war while President Robert Mugabe and other

A fierce power struggle has erupted in the Zanu PF faction aligned to Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa over who should be selected to be President Robert Mugabe's number two after the ruling party's December elective congress if Vice President Joice Mujuru is ousted.

It has been established that Mnangagwa, Oppah Muchinguri, First Lady Grace Mugabe, and Edna Madzongwe all believe they could take over from Mujuru.

So intense is the jockeying for the coveted vice president post

Elements pushing for the ouster of President Mugabe grilled president of the Chief's Council of Zimbabwe Chief Fortune Charumbira on why traditional leaders always endorsed the Zanu-PF First Secretary and President as the party's candidate ahead of congress, saying there were other party officials also eyeing the presidency.

Chief Charumbira told war veterans attending a congress at Great Zimbabwe that rebellious elements approached him when they were in the process of forming

The on-going infighting within Zanu PF has this afternoon took a dramatic shift as details of the alleged plot to assassinate President Mugabe have been revealed by Businessman-cum-musician Energy Mutodi.

Mutodi is a Zanu PF loyalist linked to Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mr Mutodi took to Facebook and went on to reveal details of the alleged plot saying the lofty Melrose Arch hotel in Sandton was the venue at which both the Military Intelligence 5th Brigade and the CIA

MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai lashed out at the ruling Zanu PF party Wednesday for allowing itself to be dragged into a battle between two women while Zimbabwe burns.

Tsvangirai poked fun at the First Lady saying her current efforts to succeed her ageing husband were akin to the failed attempt by the long gone Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Tse Tung's wife Jiang Qing to succeed her husband.

After her husband died in 1976, Qing was imprisoned and later committed suicide

A Durban man in a same-sex marriage who was denied maternity leave has taken the South African government employers to the labour court, The Star reported on Thursday.

The man claimed he was discriminated against when his request for full maternity leave was denied after he and his partner entered into a surrogacy agreement and became parents to a newborn child in 2011.

His employers told him that the four-months' paid maternity leave applied only to women.

The man was told he

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe left the country for Equatorial Guinea for the Turkey-Africa Summit, leaving under-fire Vice-President Dr Joice Mujuru in charge of the State and the Government.

Mugabe is under renewed pressure from his wife Grace to relieve Mujuru of her duties for alleged incompetence and corruption.

Mujuru and Zanu PF national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo were among top government officials and service chiefs who saw Mugabe off at the Harare International Airport yesterday

REPRESENTATIVES of the faction led by Vice President Dr Joice Mujuru and MDC-T member Mr Job Sikhala met in Harare last week to discuss modalities of joining forces ahead of election 2018, further confirming widespread reports that the VP and her cabal were the "moderates" that Mr Morgan Tsvangirai said he had been working with pursuant to his abortive "new Zimbabwe".

A meeting was held in Harare last Friday between some members of the Mujuru camp that has been working to

Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri last night tendered his resignation to President Mugabe as Zanu PF infighting filters into the country's security agencies, The Zimbabwe Mail can reveal.

On Wednesday a senior government official whose name cannot be revealed told our reporter that the long serving police Commissioner tendered his resignation to the President amid pressure for him to arrest the embattled Vice-President Joyce Mujuru over alleged plot to assassinate Mugabe.

Zimbabweans must brace for more power blackouts this festive season due to the imminent closure of the Kariba South Power Station, the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) has warned.

Unit Six is being closed in December for refurbishments.

Charles Bhebhe, the acting general manager for Kariba Power Station, told reporters on Friday during a tour of the hydro-electric plant that Zimbabwe would be 125 megawatts short for six weeks beginning December.

"To date, the refurbishment of

Suspended Zanu PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, who now also stands accused of sensational treason charges by the State media and his party enemies, says he is neither afraid nor losing sleep over the "trumped-up" allegations that he was involved in a plot to assassinate President Robert Mugabe.

And grounded former Cabinet minister Fay Chung, who is a mother to Gumbo's daughter, weighed in on the burning issue yesterday, saying forthrightly that the treason allegations that were being

WAR veterans and political analysts yesterday called for the removal of Public Service, Labour and Social Services Minister Nicholas Goche after he was implicated in hiring hit men to assassinate President Mugabe.

The analysts and war veterans accused Minister Goche of being ungrateful after President Mugabe appointed him to serve in his Government despite the fact that he did not have liberation war credentials, but still had the guts to plot to unseat him.

It is alleged that

PERSONAL attacks on under-fire Vice-President Joice Mujuru continued unabated yesterday with Hurungwe East MP Sarah Mahoka saying the VP should leave office before end of next week.

"The women's league national executive must remove VP Mujuru from office next week without fail," she was quoted as saying by the private Press.

Mujuru has been under fire from some sections of the party over allegations of corruption and plotting to topple Mugabe, charges she has denied.

Grace

A CONTROVERSIAL but widely popular Malawian prophet has gone where his counterparts in Zimbabwe dare not tread by prophesying that President Robert Mugabe's biological clock would not tick beyond 2015, New Zimbabwe has reported.

The Zimbabwean leader turned 90 this year but denies media reports he is battling advanced cancer although he regularly travels to Singapore for medical attention.

Mugabe, in charge of the country since independence in 1980, was elected for another

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