Harare ‑ Zimbabwe’s First Lady Grace Mugabe has challenged her husband, President Robert Mugabe, to name his successor as this was “the trend in other countries”.
The State broadcaster, Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, reported Thursday that Grace, during her address of the Zanu PF Women’s League national assembly in the capital, said there was nothing wrong with Mugabe naming his successor, adding it would enable all members to rally behind one candidate.
ZBC reported that Grace used the biblical story of Adonija, who organised a feast to crown himself because his father, the king, was sick.
Grace said the President had the right to be involved in naming his successor, saying the President’s word was final, the State broadcaster reported.
Debate over Mugabe’s successor is regarded as taboo in Zanu PF, despite that several names having been thrown into the pot as possible candidates to replace Mugabe, with Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Defence minister Sydney Sekeramayi among the likely candidates.