Zimbabwean president fires 11 allies of Mugabe from parliament

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President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe has continued a purge of officials that publicly supported former President Robert Mugabe and his wife.

Mnangagwa, who came to power in November 2017 after 93-year-old Mugabe was forced to resign following a defacto military coup, has spoken against retribution.

However, local media reports say a ZANU-PF restructuring process around the country was targeting those who publicly backed Mugabe and Grace, whose tilt at power resulted in the military intervention

According to a transcript of parliament procedures from Thursday, the Parliament Deputy Speaker, Mabel Chinomona said that ZANU-PF had notified the house of assembly that the 11 no longer represented its interest, triggering their dismissal.

Some of the legislators were cabinet ministers in Mugabe’s government.

In November, ZANU-PF fired five top Mugabe allies from parliament, including Jonathan Moyo, a fiercely combative mouthpiece for a faction that backed Grace Mugabe’s rise.

Many of Mugabe’s political allies were either arrested by the military in a series of spectacular raids in the early hours of November 15 or fled to neighbouring countries.

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