THE first lady Dr Grace Mugabe on Thursday announced her candidacy to succeed her husband, 90-year-old president Robert Mugabe, when he leaves office.

"People say I want to be president, why not? Am I not a Zimbabwean?" the 49-year-old said when addressing veterans of the country's liberation struggle in Mazowe at about 40km north of Harare.

Mugabe called on Vice President Joice Mujuru - regarded as one of the top contenders to succeed the president - to resign.

"There are plenty of people who can run this country, not Mujuru," she said, adding that her husband's deputy would take Zimbabwe "back to where we were before independence."

Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980, has travelled several times for medical care abroad, sparking speculation that he could step down before his term ends in 2018.


Mugabe has meanwhile has been nominated to head the women's league of the ruling party Zanu-PF.

The first lady's political ambitions have faced resistance from Mujuru and others who participated in the liberation struggle against the white minority government of the then Rhodesia - today Zimbabwe - alongside Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe has also come under fire for a doctorate she obtained from the University of Zimbabwe in September - allegedly just months after she enrolled there.

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oliver
+1 # oliver 2014-10-24 06:27
Nw Grace wants mai Mujuru to resign because she call her a fool, how the hell she is? If u r a fool u r a fool, y must she resign?
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clemz
0 # clemz 2014-10-24 08:46
Grace u ur a fool u ur destroying yo dignite by talking nosence
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Skeem
0 # Skeem 2014-10-24 09:28
I always call her a dis-grace and i will forever call her DIS-GRACE to all black African Women
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selele
0 # selele 2014-10-24 10:39
Ivo Mai Mujuru varikuramba vakangoti wundundu..ngava pindurewoka nhai tizive kuti vanombomira-mir a. Kana vakatuma Mutasa chaiye zviri nani.
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bie
0 # bie 2014-10-24 13:42
She speaks as if she is the President of Zimbabwe,let alone ZANU,is as if the Mugabes alone have the right to the Presidency,time is overdue for this family that has tormented Zimbabweans for years
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selele
0 # selele 2014-10-24 13:59
Quoting bie:
She speaks as if she is the President of Zimbabwe,let alone ZANU,is as if the Mugabes alone have the right to the Presidency,time is overdue for this family that has tormented Zimbabweans for years

She is de facto Prime Minister of Zimbabwe where we now have a ceremonial president.
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bie
0 # bie 2014-10-25 12:00
true hey sad developments
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