Wife of the fourth longest serving African president, the first lady of Zimbabwe, Grace Mugabe has pleaded with his husband, the present president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, 93, to announce his successor to end division over who the next leader will be.
Wife of the Zimbabwean president said President Robert Mugabe should not be “afraid” to choose his heir and his word would be “final”.
Mr Mugabe is the world’s oldest ruler, and his Zanu-PF party has nominated him to stand for re-election in 2018.
But due to his dwindling health conditions, rival factions have been putting up themselves together in a race for the presidency come, 2018 general election.
In a meeting with Zanu-PF’s women, Grace Mugabe said.
“President, don’t be afraid. Tell us who is your choice, which horse we should back,”
“If you tell us the horse to back, we will rise in our numbers and openly support that horse. Why should our horse be concealed?” she added, in a speech switching between English and local, Zimbabwean language, Shona.
Mr Mugabe was present when his 52-year-old wife made the comments, failed to respond to it.
Also remember that President Robert Mugabe 93, who presently looks increasingly frail, fell down at an event in Zimbabwe after he leapt to descend a short stairs when he was through shaking hands with some people at Harare international airport.
However, reports gathered on BBC did states that his aides have played down fears about his health, saying he goes to Singapore only for specialized eye treatment.
Grace Mugabe once campaigned early 2017, and it has been gathered that she is a potential successor of President Mugabe, as against the thought of Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mr Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 and is expected to defeat his main rival, Morgan Tsvangirai, in next year’s poll.
The opposition says the electoral commission is biased and will rig the poll in Mr Mugabe’s favour.
Meanwhile, Mrs Grace Mugabe had said In February, that her husband was so popular that even if he died, he could run as a corpse and still win an election.