‘Don’t be afraid to name your successor,’ Grace Mugabe tells hubby, 93
Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe challenged her president husband Robert to name his preferred successor to end deepening divisions over the future leadership of the ruling ZANU-PF party, state television said in an online report.
Africa’s oldest leader, Mugabe (93) has ruled the former British colony since independence in 1980 but has insisted that ZANUPF, and not him, will choose his eventual successor when the time comes.
But at a meeting of ZANU-PF’s women’s wing in the capital Harare, Grace Mugabe contradicted the veteran leader, who also attended the meeting, saying he should name a successor.
“The First Lady and Zanu PF Secretary for Women’s Affairs has challenged the president to
name his successor saying this has been the trend in other countries,” ZBC said online.
“The First Lady said there is nothing wrong with Mugabe naming his successor, saying the move will enable all members to rally behind one candidate.” Mugabe did not speak at the meeting.
Fighting over leadership of a post-Mugabe ZANU-PF has intensified in the last three years, with two distinct camps emerging, one supporting Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the other rooting for Grace Mugabe.
Mugabe is ZANU-PF’s presidential candidate for the 2018 election, his last under the Constitution.
DONT BE AFRAID: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe with his wife Grace.