Mnangagwa axes Zimbabwe's security minister over ‘inappropriate’ behaviour

Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday sacked his state security minister Owen Ncube for "inappropriate" behaviour, his office announced.

FILE: Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa at Loftus stadium for the inauguration of Cyril Ramaphosa as the sixth democratically elected president. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN.

HARARE - Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Monday sacked his state security minister Owen Ncube for "inappropriate" behaviour, his office announced.

In a terse statement Mnangagwa's office said the president "removed [Ncube] with immediate effect for conduct inappropriate for a minister of government".

No further details were given.

Appointed minister in 2018, Ncube was widely seen as a close ally of the president.

In 2019 he was placed under US sanctions over the government's crackdown on protests and the opposition.

Last year Britain slapped sanctions on him and three other Zimbabwean officials following the deaths of more than a dozen people protesting against Mnangagwa's regime.