Published: Sat, July 29, 2017
Medical | By Garry George

Wife of Zimbabwe's leader tells Mugabe to name successor

Wife of Zimbabwe's leader tells Mugabe to name successor

Mugabe himself, however, did not speak at the meeting.

Grace, 52, who has become a power broker in ZANU-PF since her elevation to the top echelons of the party in 2014, said Mugabe's word was "final".

Mugabe has previously said he will not name a successor and will let the people and his party to choose the person.

Grace, who is ZANU-PF Secretary for Women's Affairs, in a meeting with the women's wing in Harare, gave a contradictory opinion, challenging him to name his successor.

"Because we respect him, his word will be final".

"Now you hear some of them (in the military) saying the president should leave".

"We did not support the bill, essentially because in terms of substance, it's not something that will enhance the independence of the judiciary", Innocent Gonese, chief whip of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, said after the vote. "Why should our horse be concealed?" she added, in a speech switching between English and local language Shona. Saka his word will be final.

Mr Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, and is expected to defeat his main rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, in next year's poll.

Mugabe, 93, has been endorsed as Zanu PF's candidate for next year's harmonised elections at a time the country was bleeding economically while his ruling party Zanu PF had developed fissures owing to worsening factionalism.

Some analysts have suggested that Robert Mugabe, who visibly struggles to walk these days, could call an early election.

The stance by Grace, somebody with full knowledge of President Mugabe's deteriorating health could mark a new chapter into Zanu PF's succession politics.

Macapulane said that Grace's calls are only a confirmation of something that has already been agreed in the Zanu PF and being "covered up" as an impromptu call which President Mugabe will "react" to. Both Mugabe and his wife have warned against pretenders anointing themselves as successors.

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