HARARE, Dec 10 — President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has dismissed Vice-President Joice Mujuru from her post, citing conduct inconsistent with her official responsibilities as well as eight Cabinet ministers for poor performance of their duties.

In dismissing Mujuru Tuesday, President Mugabe exercised powers vested in him under Section 106 (2) (b) of the country’s new Constitution. The Chief Secretary to the President and the Cabinet, Dr Misheck Sibanda,
announced the dismissals in a statement here.

“In terms of section 106(2) (b) of the Constitution of Zimbabwe (No 20 Act 2013, His Exellency the President, Comrade R.G. Mugabe, has exercised his Executive Powers to relieve Honourable J.T.R. Mujuru, MP, of her position of Vice-President of the Republic of Zimbabwe with immediate effect as it had become evident that her conduct in the discharge of her duties had become inconsistent with her official responsibilities,” Sibanda announced.

The eight Cabinet Ministers dismissed included Presidential Affairs Minister Didymus Mutasa, who was secretary for administration of the ruling Zanu PF party, Information Communication Technology, Postal and
Courier Services Minister Webster Shamu, who was also the party’s political commissar, Youth, Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Minister Francis Nhema, and Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Olivia Muchena.

The other ministers were Energy and Power Development Minister Dzikamayi Mavhaire, his deputy, Munacho Mutezo, Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare Minister Nicholas Goche as well as Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs Minister Simbaneuta Mudarikwa.

Before their dismissal, Mujuru and the eight ministers had failed to secure positions in the Zanu PF Central Committee at the party’s Sixth National People’s Congress last week. In addition to being linked to a plot to oust President Mugabe from power, Mavhaira and Mutezo have also been accused of siphoning large amounts of money from power utility ZESA Holdings to sponsor party activities in Manicaland Province.

Mujuru has been facing a litany of allegations including plotting to assassinate President Mugabe in order to take over power, ineptitude, corruption and abuse of office. First Lady Grace Mugabe was the first to expose the machinations of Mujuru and her allies when she went on a nationwide tour to drum up support following her nomination to lead the Women’s League.