In a dramatic development which could have led to a seismic shift in local politics, VP Emmerson Mnangagwa last week offered to resign from his government and ruling party posts, saying he could not stand the ongoing public flogging and humiliation by Zanu-PF's Young Turks coalesced around First Lady Grace Mugabe.
High-level sources said a concatenation of recent events led to Mnangagwa's resignation which was, however, rejected by President Robert Mugabe. Mnangagwa has worked with Mugabe for almost 50 years and is always critical to his election strategy.
Meanwhile, one of Mnangagwa's most vocal allies, Energy Mutodi was arrested yesterday on charges of undermining President Robert Mugabe's authority.
Mutodi was picked up by police in Harare yesterday morning and has been in police custody at the Harare Central Police Station. He is likely to appear in court today.