Grace's utterances indicate end of Mugabe era - analyst

2014-10-17 13:41
Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe (AP)

Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe (AP)

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Cape Town – Zimbabwean political analyst Ibbo Mandaza says First Lady Grace Mugabe's continued attacks against her opponents, and in particular the Vice President Joice Mujuru, are an indication of the end of President Robert Mugabe's era.

According to reports, Grace has been campaigning to ensure that Mujuru never takes over as Zimbabwe's president, as the issue of succession continues to rock the ruling Zanu-PF party.

According to The Mail and Guardian, Mandaza said Grace's utterances were an indication that the country was in the final stages of the Mugabe era and Grace was showing signs that she was not comfortable.

This comes as political tension is reportedly rising in the southern African country, with some Zanu-PF officials allegedly positioning themselves to take over from Mugabe when he finally retires.

Presidential ambitions

Zanu-PF is allegedly torn between two distinct factions, one led by Mujuru and another by Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa. The two are said to be locked in a bitter war to succeed the veteran leader

Mujuru and Mnangagwa have, however, rejected claims they are harbouring presidential ambitions.

But Grace insisted that Mujuru should apologise to president Mugabe for being a leader of a faction within Zanu-PF.

Earlier this week Grace allegedly attacked Mujuru, claiming that President Mugabe was overworking while the vice president was doing nothing.

"Some think because you are vice president, you just stay there and do nothing while Mugabe works for you," News Day quoted Grace as saying during a rally in Gwanda.

Grace, a 49-year-old former typist, was recently nominated as secretary of Zanu-PF's powerful women's league.

Confirmation of her position at the party congress in December would propel her into the party's powerful politburo.

As a member of the supreme decision-making body, she will play an active role in deciding who will succeed her husband.

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