Grace Mugabe denies wanting to succeed her husband

Grace Mugabe at a Zanu-PF meeting

“Let me tell you, I am standing here as the wife of the president as well as a person that you who chose to lead the women’s league then it ends there full stop. I do not need any other position.” said Grace Mugabe, wife of President Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe first lady has come out and denied allegations of harbouring ambitions to succeed her husband.

Speculation is rife about the health of the 91-year old president who has been in power since 1980. Grace has become increasingly powerful since her elevation last year to lead the ZANU-PF women’s wing. Late last year she led a campaign to expel former vice-president Joice Mujuru who had been seen as Mugabe’s heir. Speaking at a rally in the capital Grace Mugabe has said that her focus is on leading the Zanu PF women’s wing and supporting her husband if and when he seeks a reelection bid.