Cape Town – Zimbabwe’s First Lady, Grace Mugabe has reportedly urged ruling Zanu-PF party officials to emulate her husband President Robert Mugabe’s principles, saying Zimbabwe will never have another leader like him.
According to the state-owned newspaper, Herald, Grace said this while addressing Zanu-PF supporters at her maiden rally following her nomination to lead the party’s women’s league.
Grace said Mugabe was a straightforward and focussed leader who didn’t seek to enrich himself.
The First land said this as factionalism continued to rock Zanu-PF ahead of the party’s elective congress in December.
Grace bemoaned what she termed lack of proper leadership qualities among some party officials, adding that should her husband decide to quit active politics, the party would crumble, said a News Day report.
Grace also accused senior party officials of clandestinely plotting the ouster of her husband while publicly feigning allegiance to the veteran leader.
According to New Zimbabwe.com, Grace said some top Zanu-PF officials were scheming to get rid of Mugabe on the basis that he was old.
Mugabe, at 90, is the oldest president in the world. He is also the only president Zimbabweans have ever known.
Grace said the factional fighting within Zanu-PF was having a heavy toll on her husband.
“Mugabe is a strong man but we end up stressing him through what we do, these fights are not good at all for the party,” the report quoted Grace as saying.