Zimbabwe's main opposition party on Friday fired its deputy president and two other senior officials on misconduct charges, stoking fears of a split in the party ahead of key elections in July, a month after the death of founding leader Morgan Tsvangirai.
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) expelled Thokozani Khupe, a former deputy prime minister, ending a protracted succession feud which flared into an open fight following Tsvangirai's death.
"The national council resolved, by more than the mandatory two thirds of the vote that vice president Khupe be removed from the party," the party's deputy national chair Morgan Komichi said in a statement.
"She continued to hold illegal meetings and partake in unconstitutional activities, putting the party into disrepute and undermining the constitutional organs of the party," the statement added.
"Despite efforts to address her grievances she remained stubborn, obdurate, intransigent and spurned all party efforts to address her grievances."