Stop attacking Mugabe’s wife, politicians warned

Harare - President Robert Mugabe's Zanu-PF party on Thursday warned party members against bad-mouthing the veteran leader's wife, following her shock entry into politics.

"I must warn the party leadership at every level, not to use the media to abuse the First Lady's name for whatever reason," Simon Khaya Moyo, Zanu-PF chairperson said in a statement.

"The First Family must be respected at all times."

Grace Mugabe, a 49-year-old former typist, was recently nominated as chair of Zanu-PF's powerful women's league.

Her appointment - which is considered a foregone conclusion - will come at a crunch party meeting in December that will also decide if Mugabe continues at the party's helm.

Mugabe has been in power for close to 34 years, but at 90-years-old, potential successors have begun jockeying for power in anticipation of his eventual exit.

Ahead of the December conference two factions, led by Vice President Joice Mujuru and Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, are vying for seats and voting power.

Behind the scenes, some party officials have expressed unease about Grace's new roll.

Mugabe is likely to again be anointed as party leader, but the division of posts within the party's ruling politburo could be crucial in deciding who succeeds him.

Ashanzi Afrika 2014-08-28 06:17:16 PM
"The First Family must be respected at all times." Respect is EARNED - it is NOT a right! Fool!
Glenn Owen Watkins 2014-08-28 06:25:37 PM
Nothing can be respected about Zimbabwe's leadership. Infact you cannot use Zimbabwe and leadership in the same sentence...... Those spawns of Satan have it coming to them....
David F Mashaba 2014-08-28 06:26:54 PM
khaya moyo you are a stupid zanu pf member Grace is entering politics to protect the loot the zanu pf are real tyrant you are the fools who destroyed zimbabwe
Glenn Owen Watkins 2014-08-28 06:35:33 PM
I don't get it, the article appeared at 18h06, yet there are comments from 17h10?
MJS1234 2014-08-28 06:44:28 PM
Best typo ever..... bwahahaha
Jamill Ahmed 2014-08-28 06:45:43 PM
F u first lady and f u mugaburabish
John Jessup 2014-08-28 07:45:48 PM
Give her a break. She has to sleep with him.
Nigel James Turner 2014-08-28 08:00:52 PM
"new roll" - should that not be "role". Tut tut.
Julia Griffiths 2014-08-28 08:20:35 PM
Respect is earned its not a commodity. But sure she has to sleep in the same kraal I assume
Bento Maepa 2014-08-28 08:37:20 PM
Africans are suckers for corrupt leaders - from Cairo down to Cape Town.