Weekly private publication, The Independent has revealed that Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa offered to tender his resignation. Mnangagwa is reported to have cited the public humiliation and attacks from First Lady Grace Mugabe. He said that he did not want to respond to the public attacks out of respect for the first family. The source who spoke to the Independent said,
Following recent events and political developments, Mnangagwa on Monday last week offered to resign.
He sought to resign in writing from his two posts as state vice-president and Zanu PF second secretary at an impromptu meeting, where Mugabe declined the letter and resignation.
The vice-president gave mainly two reasons for seeking to quit. First, he cited public attacks and humiliation by Grace at the Zanu PF headquarters on July 27 and the same thing two days later, on July 29, in Chinhoyi.
Second, Mnangagwa said he now believes there is a plot against him by the system, given recent developments and allegedly false intelligence reports which on many issues made him think Mugabe wanted him to be his successor.
The vice-president had newspaper articles which he presented to Mugabe, saying Grace has launched a character assassination campaign against him. He said he has the capacity to respond, but has been quiet because he respects the First Family.
Mnangagwa is reported to be the leader of Team Lacoste, which is aiming to succeed President Mugabe. First Lady Grace Mugabe is reported to be part of the G40 Faction which is opposed to Mnangagwa taking over!
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