‘First Lady not eyeing Presidency’

GIREBulawayo Bureau
FIRST Lady and zanu-pf Women’s League secretary Amai Grace Mugabe (pictured above)is not interested in succeeding President Mugabe as insinuated by sections of the private media, her deputy, Cde Eunice Nomthandazo Moyo, said yesterday.

In an interview with our Bulawayo Bureau, Cde Moyo said the subject was discussed during the Women’s League national executive meeting in Harare on Wednesday, where the leadership expressed concern over the misconception over the First Lady’s position.

“The issue of the First Lady harbouring ambitions to succeed His Excellency (President Mugabe) is misleading. We’ve not discussed that as the Women’s League and we don’t know where it’s coming from,” she said.

Cde Moyo said the Wednesday meeting discussed the Women League’s resolutions ahead of the December 2015 zanu-pf annual national people’s conference, which seem to have been misconstrued.

The party’s conference was held in Victoria Falls.

“It came to our attention as the Women’s League executive that our resolutions for the conference were not clearly understood hence we needed to clarify that.

“Resolution number three talks about the restoration of the position of women in the Presidium, which must be done through an amendment to the party’s constitution so that one of the Vice Presidents is a woman,” Cde Moyo explained.

“We’ve said we wanted the constitution to be amended by 2016 and not that we wanted the Vice Presidency by 2016. What we want this year is to have the constitution corrected so that when the time to elect leaders comes (at congress in 2018) one of the VPs will be a woman. This has to be clear so that we’re protected by the constitution as women.”

Cde Moyo, who is also Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Bulawayo, said the league’s recommendation for a constitutional amendment should not be taken out of context and be confused with “succession” politics.

She said as an organ of the revolutionary party, zanu-pf, the Women’s League was fully behind the First Family.

“We want to set the record straight because some people are being misled. As the Women’s League we’re in solidarity with the First Family. We always work and go with the First Lady and at no point has she declared an ambition for any higher post. In fact, she has said she is content where she is. People should stop giving her a position she has not asked for.”

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  • Suppoter

    Nhema, that’s a lie

  • Tsotos

    But she publicly admitted ” Ndiri kutotonga, pane kutonga kunopfuura ikoko?”. Unless my appreciation of my mother tongue is kinda skewed.

    • hezvo

      kkkkk unless amai wakandidzidzisa shona imwe

  • Tongai Nyika

    She gives herself the position, she is not given by people. We heard her saying she gives instructions and directives to the VPs. As who? Meanwhile can someone tell me what is written on those wristbands in Grace’s hands.

  • Development Proponent

    We have had a lot of political news in the past. We need news on development as well. We also need news on cases of high level corruption. For example in Zvishavane where I am, we have an asbestors mine that was run down by an administrator and we need to see it rescuscitated. Naturally we would want to know what happened to the administrator who siphoned millions of dollars from a collapsing entity. We also need to know about infrastructure development initiatives and what government has as its plans in Chiadzwa. That is the sort of news we also want to hear

  • Isac Hunt

    she was born in South Africa so she is not Zimbabwean, therefore she can not run as president

  • cinhema

    Actions speak louder than words; she aspires to be president and she has a democratic right to aspire to be one. However i do not see how a modern-day Jezebel can be elected president.

    • Brigadier Siyasutha Belamba

      kikikikikikikiki .