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President fires security minister for alleged misbehaviour

In a terse statement issued Monday, president said he had fired the minister with immediate effect for misconduct deemed inappropriate for a government official…

Zimbabwe state security minister Owen Ncube. Photo | AFP

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.

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