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Mugabe Ousts Zimbabwe VP After Alleged Plot Against Him

Presidential hopeful Joice Muburu has been fired following a public falling-out with the 90-year-old leader, during which he accused her of plotting to depose or kill him.

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An anonymous government source told AFP: "The VP has been fired. She was informed last night. A statement is being prepared as we speak."

The BBC reported that Mugabe has also fired seven other ministers he has alleged were involved in a plot to kill him.

Al Jazeera reported that Mugabe claims he has evidence that Mujuru met with U.S. officials, and they discussed how to remove him from office.

Mujuru — who was removed from her position in the ruling ZANU-PF party yesterday — had once been considered a possible presidential candidate, but Mugabe and his wife Grace have been conducting a campaign against her for several months.

She denies plotting against Mugabe, and described the accusations against her as "a well-orchestrated smear campaign and gross abuse of state apparatus."

Francis Whittaker is a homepage editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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