‘Don’t be afraid to name your suc­ces­sor,’ Grace Mu­gabe tells hubby, 93

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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.

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