Grace Mugabe: From ‘First Shopper’ to ‘Mrs. President’?
Harare – The wife of Zimbabwe’s veteran leader Robert Mugabe has been called “Gucci Grace” and “First Shopper”, but some suspect she may be looking for a new title – “Mrs President”.
As the battle to succeed her 90-year-old husband heats up, 49-year-old Grace is set to take a top post in the ruling party’s powerful Politburo at a key congress which formally opened on Thursday.
Jockeying for the leadership of Zanu-PF, which has ruled Zimbabwe for 34 years, has seen vicious factional infighting – with Grace’s late entry startling analysts who had seen it as a two-horse race.
The former typist, presumably with Mugabe’s backing, has already put paid to the ambitions of one of the top contenders, Vice President Joice Mujuru.