Zimbabwe: Mugabe's wife 'wants VP Mujuru out'

2014-10-16 15:56
Zimbabwe's vice president Joice Mujuru (File: AFP)

Zimbabwe's vice president Joice Mujuru (File: AFP)

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Cape Town – Political tension is reportedly rising in Zimbabwe, with First Lady Grace Mugabe said to be openly attacking Vice President Joice Mujuru.

The Star reported on Thursday that Grace was 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.

At a rally, during her ongoing meet-the-people tour of Zimbabwe, Grace, allegedly criticised Mujuru, claiming that her husband President Robert 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.

"We want a vice president who helps the president, not just one who piggybacks on Mugabe's back. We no longer want that. We want people who are capable. You mustn't think because you have a post you are there forever. You must work for it," Grace said.

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 take over from Mugabe when he retires.

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

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.

Grace recently told supports Zimbabwe would never have a leader like her husband. Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe for more than 30 years.

A recent report by the Daily News indicated Grace had ambitions to succeed Mugabe as the country's leader.

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