Zimbabwe to choose two vice-presidents by secret ballot

Fears of rigging are at a high as factions of Zanu-PF fight over the recent entry of Grace Mugabe.

FILE: Three top party officials Joyce Mujuru, former ambassador to South Africa Simon Khaya Moyo and Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi will be vying to become vice president in a vote that will now be secret. Picture: AFP.

HARARE, Zimbabwe - President Robert Mugabe's party is to hold crucial elections to choose the country's two vice-presidents this December and state media has confirmed this will be by a secret ballot.

Fears of rigging are at a high as factions of Zanu-PF fight over the recent entry of Grace Mugabe into front line politics as head of the Womens' League.

Joyce Mujuru may be the current vice president of Zimbabwe and a strong contender in the fight to succeed President Robert Mugabe but even her position isn't secure.

The Sunday Mail is reporting that while Mugabe's position won't be up for grabs, elections will be held at the ZANU-PF National Congress for the twin posts of vice president as well as for party secretaries and the national chairperson.

Three top party officials Mujuru, former ambassador to South Africa Simon Khaya Moyo and Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi will be vying to become vice president in a vote that will now be secret.

The recent unexpected entry of Mugabe's 49-year-old wife Grace into politics appears to have intensified fighting within Zanu-PF at all levels.

Squabbles over youth league posts meant that elections for these last month had to be made secret.