Mnangagwa: The ruthless 'Crocodile' ruling Zimbabwe

Emmerson Mnangagwa who took over on November 24, 2017 as Zimbabwe's president, is a hardliner with ties to the military who could prove as authoritarian as his mentor Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa was nicknamed "the Crocodile" for his ruthlessness. PHOTO | MUJAHID | AFP SAFODIEN

What you need to know:

  • It was his driving ambition to take over as leader which set off a bitter succession battle with Grace Mugabe.
  • When Mnangagwa was dismissed as vice president by Mugabe, it initially looked like he'd been outfoxed by the first lady.
  • A former close Mugabe ally, Mnangagwa's initial fall from grace appears to have been engineered by the first lady.

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