15 August 2014

Zimbabwe: Zanu-PF Women Back Grace, and Bob for 2018

Photo: Nehanda Radio
Oppah Muchinguri (left) seen here with Grace Mugabe (centre) and Zanu PF “Youth” Chairman Absolom Sikhosana.

THE Zanu PF women's league on Friday endorsed President Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace, to become its next leader while backing her husband to run again in general elections scheduled for 2018.

Grace Mugabe, 49, will formally take over the role in December at the party's annual congress. She replaces Oppah Muchinguri who offered to step down and let her take over.

Accepting the nomination at the close of the league's national conference in Harare Friday, Grace said: "I am not well versed in the field of politics, I am here to learn.

"Although it is yet to be confirmed, this is one step that the women have taken, being supported by the youths ... Thank you for selecting me as the sole candidate for women.

"I have been watching with keen interest all the proceedings (of the conference), I realised there is a lot of work to be done. But I know that the women of Zimbabwe are very capable, you work hard against all odds."

Meanwhile, the league also said they wanted Mugabe, 90 this year, to seek another five-year term as the country's president in 2018.

The veteran leader has run the country since independence in 1980 and has insisted he will see out his current term which he won with a landslide victory last year.

He has refused to give clear indications whether he would run again at the next elections but the Women's League said they would back no other candidate.

Part of the league's resolutions at the end of the conference read: "... that the First Secretary and President Robert Mugabe be the sole presidential candidate representing Zanu PF in the 2018 elections."

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