Zanu PF Against Mugabe
Zanu PF Against Mugabe: Tensions are rising in Zimbabwe as a power struggle intensify within the ruling Zanu PF over who should succeed President Robert Mugabe, who turns 92 later in February. Grace Mugabe, leader of the Zanu PF women’s league, who recently returned to Harare after an unscheduled holiday, is at the centre of the jostling for the top position within the party, which is becoming increasingly public and aggressive. The Zanu PF women’s league is agitating for President Mugabe to appoint a woman as one of his two deputy presidents before the end of this year, which could put paid to Mnangagwa’s presidential aspirations.
The other vice president position has traditionally been reserved from a member of ZAPU, which merged with Mugabe’s Zanu PF as part of a unity pact in 1987 following the Gukurahundi massacres. The position is currently occupied by Phelekezela Mphoko. Zanu PF is now openly squabbling in the media, and war veterans say they will demonstrate against the leaders of the Grace Mugabe clique at the politburo meeting. Insiders say security chiefs are with Mnangagwa. But the other faction, which Grace Mugabe seems to lead, known as G40, indicating younger people claims to have the interests of the ageing president, who turns 92 on 21 February. Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe for 36 years, is on record as saying only God will remove him from power.