Grace Mugabe positions herself to succeed her husband
Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe continues to position herself to succeed her husband by holding rallies in different parts of the country and verbally attacking party members who refuse to back her. In a recent rally, she handed out bottles of water bearing her image and the words "Mother of the nation."
"You are not going to gag me, I have my mouth... I will not tolerate nonsense within the party," she said, during a rally in Harare where she addressed unnamed Zanu-PF officials who she blames for factionalism within the party.
She also distributed 250 tonnes of maize and 115 tonnes of rice to the people at the rally.
At her previous rallies over the last month, Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe made it clear that nobody within the ruling party was above party discipline.
There have been factions forming within Zanu-PF, seemingly linked to who should succeed her 91-year-old husband.
In particular she warned war veterans, many of whom fought in the liberation war and spearheaded the invasions of white-owned farms, that there too could face disciplinary hearings if they threatened the party's united front.
Afterwards, the 50-year-old first lady faced a backlash with war veterans accusing her of not respecting them.
Today at her Mbare rally (see 12:36 post) she hit back.
"Some war veterans are saying they will never listen to me because I never participated in the liberation war against British colonial rule. Zimbabwe is for everyone."