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Vol 55 No 16

Published 8th August 2014


Zimbabwe

Coup de Grace

The succession battle is in turmoil after the President’s wife is proposed for a top ZANU-PF post

The nomination of Grace Mugabe for the leadership of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front's Women's League has put the cat among the party pigeons. The bandwagon rolling behind Vice-President Joice Mujuru, which seemed to have built up a healthy momentum, has for the time being shuddered to a halt and the opportunists riding it are now poised to jump. The camp of Emmerson Mnangagwa, the Justice Minister and Mujuru's chief rival to succeed President Robert Mugabe, also suffered. The real winners are those who believe that Mugabe's continued incumbency is the only way forward. ZANU-PF's elective congress – which should decide the succession – takes place in December but the Youth and the Women's Leagues will each hold theirs in August.

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