Grace selected but admits she is not well versed in politics


First Lady Grace Mugabe who was proposed as the candidate to take over leadership of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front Women’s League confirmed that she was not well versed in politics but was willing to learn.  She said this in her remarks to thank the women for selecting her at the end of their conference. “Thank you for selecting me as the sole candidate for women. I want to express my most profound gratitude to you. Although it is yet to be confirmed, this is one step that the women have taken, being supported by the youths.  I have been watching with keen interest all the proceedings, I realised there is a lot of work to be done. But I know that the women of Zimbabwe are very capable, you work hard against all odds. I am not well versed in the field of politics, I am here to learn. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to learn what it means to lead the Women’s League,” she was quoted by The Herald as saying. Grace Mugabe’s appointment will be confirmed at the party congress in December.   Although the women’s conference was reported to have been much smoother than the youths’ conference, the women complained about factionalism, urging “the party to decisively deal with factionalism and expose and punish those who perpetrate electoral fraud.’’ They also urged the senior party officials to resolve their differences amicably by calling “upon the party to direct men to stop interfering in women’s affairs and allow women to mobilise new party members without hindrance”.


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