Zim's Mujuru faces another blow

A senior official has said that President Mugabe will instead appoint those he wants to work with.

Deputy President of Zimbabwe Joice Mujuru. Picture: EPA.

ZIMBABWE - In another blow to Zimbabwe Joice Mujuru, it's emerged the vice president won't be elected at next month's congress.

A senior official has said that President Robert Mugabe will instead appoint those he wants to work with.

Until now, the gathering has been touted as an elective congress, meaning one where elections are held.

But now, Zanu-PF Politburo member Josiah Hungwe, says no one will be voted into office during next month's congress except for Mugabe, who's the sole candidate for the top job.

Hungwe says the politburo has decided that Mugabe will then get to appoint his two vice presidents and the party chairman.

That is despite reports in the state press last month saying Zanu-PF's Constitution does not allow the president to appoint his deputies.

Analysts say Mujuru, who has fallen out of favour with the first family, is almost certain to be ousted.