Grace challenges Mugabe to name successor

Remigio Civitarese
Luglio 27, 2017

"If God decides to take him, then we would rather field him as a corpse" in the upcoming election, she said early this year.

"You can't have a bill to concentrate power with the president when the public voted to democratise the process. I am asking him right now in your presence. don't be afraid, tell us which candidate we should back", Grace said, speaking in the Shona vernacular.

But at a meeting of the party's's women's wing in Harare, Grace Mugabe contradicted her husband, who also attended the meeting. She said there is nothing wrong with Mugabe naming his successor saying the move will enable all members to rally behind one candidate.

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

"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.

A bill allowing President Robert Mugabe to appoint senior judges sparked outrage yesterday from Zimbabwean opposition and activists, who said it marked a new power grab by the government.

Critics say this could be a maneuver by the first lady to strengthen her chances of succeeding her husband.

Her decisions have carried more weight at times than those of the country's vice presidents, and she has been headlining her own political rallies since 2014.

The president, who has led the southern African nation since 1980, already has started campaigning for next year's vote.

While she is seen as a potential successor to her husband, she has sent mixed signals on her desire for the job.

Fighting over the leadership of a post-Mugabe ZANU-PF has intensified in the last three years, with two camps emerging, one supporting Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the other rooting for Grace Mugabe.

She said Thursday her husband's choice on a successor should be final.

The constitution stipulates the earliest date Mugabe can call an election is in July 2018. If he completes a full five-year term, he will be 99 years old.

But on Tuesday, Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF party used its two-thirds majority in parliament to ram through a bill to change the law, allowing Mugabe to exclusively appoint the senior judges.

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