The man many suspect in Zimbabwe of pulling the strings in what might be called a coup attempt is none other than the recently fired vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa – also better known as ” The Crocodile “, who has exiled.
The military announced that they were conducting an operation to eliminate, according to her, the “criminals” of Robert Mugabe’s entourage claiming that he was safe and sound.
But 75-year-old Mnangagwa, who many claim to be at the root of the unrest, is a feared figure in Zimbabwe, having brutally suppressed opponents in the 1980s with the help of the fearsome 5th Brigade. army formed by the North Koreans.
Thousands of civilians were killed during the Gukurahundi campaign, but Mnangagwa has always denied being involved.
His reputation as a “cruel man” is so legendary that he was one of the few Zimbabwean leaders known to have crossed the country without a safe procession. He is also known for his unpredictable throbbing eyes.
For decades, Emmerson Mnangagwa’s loyal role for President Mugabe was the right arm of the head of state as well as his executor of the low works.
He had a long and varied political career. He has headed the Ministries of Justice, Defense, Housing and Finance, as well as the Speaker of the Lower House and a Spymaster.
Mnangagwa was widely regarded as Mugabe’s successor until he was sacked by the president last week, and fled to South Africa.
Mugabe had accused his former deputy of plotting to seize power, while his ambitious wife, Grace, called him “a snake that must be struck in the head” after the two men clashed.
Last month, she warned of a possible coup orchestrated by Vice President Mnangagwa in the middle of a power struggle.
Grace recently told her supporters, “In 1980, this person called Mnangagwa wanted to stage a coup. He wanted to fight against the power of the president. He was conspiring with the whites. This man is a kidnapper. “