Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF to elect VPs by secret ballot

2014-09-08 09:28
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Cape Town – Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party, led by President Robert Mugabe, is set to choose the country's next vice presidents in December through a secret ballot, media reports say.

According to The Sunday Mail, all positions in the presidium were set to be contested at the party's national congress apart from that of Mugabe, who was recently endorsed as party leader at the Youth and Women's League conferences.

Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa confirmed the elections would be held through a secret ballot, adding "that is what the party has been doing since 1963".

The country's presidium is composed of the president and first secretary, two vice presidents and second secretaries and the national chairperson.

One of the two positions for vice president has been vacant since the death of John Nkomo in 2013.

Three top party officials - Vice President Joice Mujuru, former ambassador to South Africa Simon Khaya Moyo and Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi - will be vying to become vice president.

An Eyewitness News report said fears of rigging were at a high as divisions continued to rock Zanu-PF, with the recent entrance into mainstream politics of Mugabe's wife Grace further worsening the situation.

Grace Mugabe accepted a nomination last month to lead the ruling party's women's wing, triggering accusations that Mugabe aimed to establish a political dynasty.

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