First Lady of Zimbabwe, Grace Mugabe, has reportedly told a powerful bloc in the ruling Zanu-PF party that she was already the president of the country because she â€˜plans and does everything with President Robert Mugabe.â€™
The NewsDay portal quotes a leader of the Zanu-PF womenâ€™s league, Angeline Muchemeyi, as sayong that Grace said she was not interested in the post of vice president as was earlier reported as plans continue as to who succeeds the 92-year-old Mugabe.
The First Lady said â€œIâ€™m the wife of the president, Iâ€™m the president already â€¦ I plan and do everything with the president, what more do I want, for now the position of the women boss is enough,â€ Muchemeyi said.
he subject of who takes over from Mugabe has come up time and again. Grace Mugabe who currently leads the womenâ€™s league of the party is seen as a strong contender. She has held the post since 2014.
Zimbabweâ€™s two vice presidents, Phelekezela Mphoko and Emmerson Mnangagwa, have been named as other possible successors. Mugabe has repeatedly criticized inter-party juggling to take over his job.
Speaking to a group of war veterans at the weekend, Mugabe announced a time line for his resignation whiles admitting that the countryâ€™s economy was crumbling. The southern African countryâ€™s currency is in poor shape and banks running out of cash, the country is also feeling the pinch of a crippling drought.
However, the ruling party confirmed that Mugabe will be contesting in the countryâ€™s next election in 2018 and if he is re-elected, he will only retire in 2023, when he turns 99.
Mugabe is the only President Zimbabwe has had since independence 36 years ago, addressing thousands of supporters, a few days after a section of war veterans called him a corrupt dictator,
Mugabe is quoted to have said â€œAs long as the party says continue, I continueâ€¦If I still have the energy, I still have the life, the blessings of God, I will continue.â€