Zimbabwe succession row: Grace Mugabe warns of coup plot

| Updated Oct 18, 2017 at 7:59am


Library Picture: Zimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe and Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, pictured here at a gathering


Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe has said that allies of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa are threatening the lives of those who support President Robert Mugabe to replace him.

She has warned of a possible coup plot amid growing tensions in the fight to succeed her husband.

The row comes after Mr. Mnangagwa claimed that he was poisoned in August. His supporters have suggested that rivals within Zanu-PF were responsible, although Mr Mnangagwa has distanced himself from such claims.

He has told state media that he remains loyal to President Mugabe.

Earlier this week, Zimbabwe's other vice-president, Phelekezela Mphoko, publicly reprimanded Mr Mnangagwa, accusing him of trying to "destabilise" the country.

However, President Mugabe has stayed out of the factional fights, refusing to take sides publicly.