Mugabe to appoint woman deputy after December congress

The 93-year-old Robert Mugabe has held power in the southern African nation since independence from Britain in 1980.

FILE: Robert Mugabe. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is set to appoint a woman deputy after a special ruling party congress next month, the First Lady Grace Mugabe said, adding that there was nothing wrong if her husband appointed her.

The 93-year-old Mugabe has held power in the southern African nation since independence from Britain in 1980

Grace told a Zanu-pf rally that the party would amend its constitution this month and the changes would be adopted at a special December congress, to ensure that one of Mugabe's two deputies would be a woman.

The First Lady has recently publicly rebuked Zimbabwe's Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, saying the vice president’s continued claims that he recently survived poisoning were nonsensical.

Mnangagwa and the first lady are said to be in different factions vying for control of the ruling party.