Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has accused his sacked deputy, Emmerson Mnangagwa, of consulting traditional healers to find out when the 93-year-old would die, as he schemed to take power, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports.
Mr Mnangagwa first spread rumours that the president intended to retire in March, Mr Mugabe said but "upon realising that I wasn’t, he started to consult traditional healers on when I was going to die". He added:
Addressing thousands of his supporters in the capital, Harare, Mr Mugabe said Mr Mnangagwa lacked "supreme discipline", and tried to orchestrate "rebellious" behaviour in the ruling Zanu-PF party.
Mr Mugabe fired Mr Mnangagwa - a close comrade of his since the 1970s war for independence - on Monday, in what analysts saw as a move to pave the way for his wife, Grace, to take power when he dies or retires.
Mr Mugabe is expected to appoint her as vice-president.
She has called for Mr Mnangagwa's expulsion from Zanu-PF, which has been in power since Zimbabwe's independence in 1980.