Women’s League clarifies VP resolution

Cde Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo

Cde Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo

Prosper Ndlovu Chronicle Reporter—
CLAIMS that Zanu-PF Women’s League secretary and First Lady Cde Grace Mugabe is nursing presidential ambitions are without foundation, her deputy Cde Nomthandazo Eunice Moyo said yesterday. The First Lady has found herself in the middle of a whirlwind of speculation about her political ambitions after the League, ahead of the People’s Conference last December, adopted a resolution that at least one of the three top positions in the party should be occupied by a woman.

Cde Moyo, speaking in an interview yesterday after the Women’s League national executive met in Harare on Wednesday, said this resolution had been misread to mean that the First Lady had ambitions to elbow out one of the two second secretaries (Cdes Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko) or indeed her husband, President Robert Mugabe.

Said Cde Moyo: “These reports of the First Lady harbouring ambitions to succeed His Excellency (President Mugabe) are misleading. We’ve not discussed that as the Women’s League and we don’t know where it’s coming from.

“It came to our attention as the Women’s League executive that our resolutions for the conference were not clearly understood, hence we needed to clarify that.

“Resolution number three talks about the restoration of the position of women in the presidium, which must be done through an amendment to the party’s constitution so that at least one of the Vice Presidents is a woman.

“We’ve said we wanted the constitution to be amended by 2016, and not that we wanted the vice presidency by 2016. What we want this year is to have the constitution corrected so that when the time to elect leaders comes (at congress in 2019) one of the second secretaries will be a woman. This has to be clear so that we’re protected by the constitution as women.”

Cde Moyo, who is also the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Bulawayo, said the League’s recommendation for a constitutional amendment should not be taken out of context and be confused with “succession politics”.

She added: “We want to set the record straight because some people are being misled.

“As the Women’s League, we’re in solidarity with the First Family. We always work and go with the First Lady and at no point has she declared an ambition for any higher post. In fact, she has said she’s content where she is. People should stop giving her a position she has not asked for.”

The First Lady assumed the post of secretary for women’s affairs in the Zanu-PF politburo in 2014, replacing Cde Oppah Muchinguri who stood aside. Despite repeatedly stating that she has no interest in a higher post, the media has feverishly linked her to a run for President, including claiming that she is leading a faction within the party.

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  • Buffalojump

    The First Lady should become the next President. With her knowledge and background she would be able to carry on President Mugabe’s legacy. She knows more about this than any other Zimbabwean.

    • Anonymous

      I think you are too retarded to understand that the Presidency is not sexually transmitted. I won’t argue with you; I would just let you be.

      • Khalabemgeza MehlokaMthwakazi

        So you think that Mnangagwa and the other guguraundus should campaign for the presidency ? Grace can do better , she can take us out of this ludicruous situation . You should be a bit considerate and stop being so silly , mind your language .

        • Zuze

          Doctor Doolittle just summed it up above. You and Buffalo soldier are just too used of dictatorships.

      • koka

        kkkkkkkkkk. presidency is not sexually transmitted. I like that.

    • Zuze

      What legacy? Of hunger and joblessness? Of beating up opponents? Vuka Ndoda. We need someone who will leave a legacy of wealth, political tolerance, racial and tribal tolerance and corruption intolerance. What are you smoking ne?

      • Legal Eagle

        The first thing a sensible Government would do is to get rid of this second VP nonsense. I will stop short of saying that it has served its purpose. Rather it is no longer relevant as is the Minister of War Veterans.

    • Doctor Do little

      My friend the next President should be elected by the people in a free and fair election.

      • Question

        Big question will it every happen with that crowd running the show?

        • Doctor Do little

          Everything has an end. In Eastern Europe they were stuck with it and never thought they would see the day. Look at them now. I will never bring down Zimbabweans. Their docile attitude might well pay dividends.

  • Zarura Zimbabgwe

    February 12 2016 gire stated that she was in charge. She distributes. …..

    Time to sing about succession of rgm!

  • Drum

    Our constitution does not provide for the presidents wife to take over. What does Grace know about politics apart from donating rain courts and emotional being unstable. Zimbabwe is not a family run country @Buffalojump my foot! If you still believe that Zanu can mend the country then to nothing but an idiot. What background and what legacy will she run. Buffalojump is probably the dullest person to make my day today, wakapusa sterek.

  • Dumi

    Kanthi madoda where is Jotham? Maybe he is Tomana.

    • Dungeni

      Wena Madunusa UJotham uzakuyenza kubi Ndwangu.Abanthu bonke balesikathi sabo soku pumula.

      • Dumi

        KIKIKIKI unogada Ka Jotham

        • Dungeni

          Manje min ndoda don’t try it. Uzazisola mpukani yothuvi.