Mujuru says those thinking of taking over from Mugabe are daydreaming


Vice-President Joice Mujuru today said that those lining up for the post of president while Robert Mugabe is still in office are daydreaming. “ZANU-PF has one leader, who is President Mugabe. Those calling to take over positions of people who are in office are sell-outs. We abide by the constitution of the party, which is our bible, and we say no to power-hungry people. You want to take other people’s positions; have you succeeded in the one that you have? Some of these people who are saying all sorts of things do not have anything to say. We don’t want party leaders who confuse members,” she told a women’s meeting in Mutare. Mujuru is reported to be one of the top contenders for the post. Another name that keeps popping up is that of Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa. But last week, the media was abuzz with news that First Lady Grace Mugabe was trying to push for former Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono. Mugabe has said his successor will be chosen by the people. ZANU-PF is holding its congress this year and this will be the ideal time to change leadership. The next congress is in 2019 a year after the next elections.


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