Mugabe could name new vice president today

Zanu-PF's central committee has been drastically purged of all known supporters of Joice Mujuru.

FILE: President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe attends the opening session of the 2nd UN Conference on Landlocked Developing Countries at the United Nations in Vienna on 3 November, 2014. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's powerful central committee is due to meet this afternoon after yesterday's dramatic firing of vice president Joice Mujuru and eight cabinet ministers.

It's being reported that more ministers could face the chop as Mugabe moves to purge the top ranks of his party of all those who supported Mujuru.

The Zimbabwean president may appoint his two new vice presidents today.

The central committee has been drastically purged of all known supporters of Mujuru.

But Health Minister David Parirenyatwa and Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi appear to have survived despite an initial announcement earlier this week that they too were facing the chop.

State media is reporting that Mugabe was morally correct in firing the vice president, seven ministers and a deputy minister.

A spokesperson for the Zimbabwe War Veterans Association told the _Herald _that the group should have known they were "in for it".

Mujuru's fall could also clear the path for Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, a hardline Mugabe loyalist known as 'The Crocodile', to position himself to take over when Africa's oldest head of state dies or retires.

The current political infighting comes against a backdrop of slowing economic growth and high unemployment.

Earlier, Zimbabwe's state-owned television warned more government ministers are expected to lose their jobs as the president purges his Cabinet of allies of the ousted vice president.

The move took place days after Mugabe publicly rebuked Mujuru, who was seen just months ago as the most likely to take his place when he dies or retires