Mnangagwa’s fall from Grace

Botswana’s president Ian Khama has had the last laugh – describing the sacking of Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa as  a "fall from Grace".

Mnangagwa was fired by President Robert Mugabe on Monday for “disloyalty, disrespect and deceitfulness”. The Mugabe family has also claimed for some time now that Mnangagwa was plotting to remove the President from power.

His shock sacking was met with social media excitement. Khama was a surprise participant in the social media merriment, coming in with a cheeky Facebook post in which he noted that; “Another Vice President has lost their job as a result of a fall from GRACE.”

While the famous English expression aptly describes Mnangagwa and predecessor Joice Mujuru’s misfortunes, the choice of the word Grace was evidently a cheeky reference to the Zimbabwean first lady.

Mnangagwa’s expulsion followed intense lobbying by Grace Mugabe to have husband’s once trusted aide dislodged from his position.

Three hours after Khama’s post, it had attracted over 138 comments and been shared over 230 times.

Most of those who commented seemed to enjoy the Botswana President’s observation while others sought his support to oust Mugabe – democratically.

Khama has been a blunt and public critic of President Mugabe’s controversial leadership style, defying deference of other regional leaders to a man seen as an African liberation icon.

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