Robert Mugabe wife, Grace Mugabe reportedly told the Zanu PF women’s league that she “plans and does everything with President Robert Mugabe” and, therefore, was already President of the country, validating the long held suspicion that she was running the State’s affairs with her ageing husband.
Mashonaland West women’s league chairperson, Angeline Muchemeyi said Grace told them that there was no point for her fighting to be Vice-President, a lesser position, when she was already running State affairs.
Muchemeyi revealed this after the Zanu PF women’s league passed a resolution that Grace remains secretary for women’s affairs in the party, News Day reports.
Contrary to speculation that there will be a push by women to have the Zanu PF constitution changed to allow a woman Vice-President, a move that has been viewed as paving the way for Grace, Muchemeyi said the First Lady had said she was comfortable steering the women’s wing because she was already running the affairs of the State.
Asked if the Mashonaland resolutions were in a way a sign of ditching Grace, Muchemeyi said: “Grace told an executive meeting that she is ‘already the President’ and would not want to be appointed VP, as it was a lower post.
“The First Lady said I’m the wife of the President, I’m the president already … I plan and do everything with the President, what more do I want, for now the position of the women boss is enough.”
Last year, Grace said Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko took instructions from her. Grace has been linked to the G40 faction that is said to be opposed to Mnangagwa succeeding Mugabe.
Grace has been a subject of attack by war veterans, who are viewed as Mnangagwa’s backers in the succession race. Among the possible names in the battle to take over were Grace, and Mugabe’s two vice presidents, Phelekezela Mphoko and Emmerson Mnangagwa.