Grace Mugabe's rise to Zim VP 'put on hold' – report

2016-11-20 20:58
Grace Mugabe. (File: AFP)

Grace Mugabe. (File: AFP)

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Harare – First Lady Grace Mugabe's ambition of becoming Zimbabwe's deputy president has been "put on hold" after Mashonaland West Zanu-PF women's league said the issue of quota system in the presidium should be avoided, a report said on Sunday. 

According to The Standard, the women's league provincial chairperson Angeline Muchemeyi said they came up with the resolution after Grace said that she did not want any position higher than her current one.

Grace is currently the Zanu-PF women's league secretary, a position she has held since 2014.

The report said that the development was a huge blow to one of the ruling party's faction which allegedly had been pushing for Grace to take over from President Robert Mugabe when he finally leaves office.

Reports indicated that a new group of Young Turks, Generation 40, was pushing for Grace to be the next deputy president, thus, positioning her to eventually succeed the ailing president.

The Zanu-PF party was reportedly riddled with warring factions, as party leaders positioned themselves to eventually succeed the nonagenarian.

Among the possible names in the battle to take over were Grace, and Mugabe's two vice presidents, Phelekezela Mphoko and Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Read more on:    zanu-pf  |  grace mugabe  |  emmerson mnangagwa  |  robert mugabe  |  phelekezela mphoko  |  zimbabwe  |  southern africa
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