Family Business: Zimbabwe First Lady Appoints Herself As New President After Mugabe Announced His Retirement Due to Health Issues

Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe has declared herself the new president that would take over when Robert Mugabe finally steps down. Grace Mugabe said to the ruling Zanu-PF party women’s league that she is already the president, as she has made plans and arrangement with President Robert Mugabe”. Grace’s announcement comes after the President announced that he is working towards his retirement as the president.

Mugabe made the shocking announcement to veterans, who came to solidify their support for him. There, he admitted that Zimbabwe is apparently in a financial crisis – which spells doom for the citizens and the country at large.

According to reports, Mashonaland West Zanu-PF women’s league chairperson Angeline Muchemeyi said Grace, who has been the Zanu-PF women’s league  secretary since 2014, told them that there was no point for her fighting to be vice president, a lesser position, when she was already running State affairs.

"The First Lady said: I’m the wife of the president, I’m the president already … I plan and do everything with the president, what more do I want, for now the position of the women boss is enough,” Muchemeyi was quoted as saying.

Zimbabwe’s deputy president, however, noted that the first lady’s ambition to lead the country after her husband’s departure, had been “put on hold” after the Mashonaland West Zanu-PF women’s league said the issue of quota system in the presidium should be avoided. Grace’s new announcement also raised concern that she still influences the president’s decisions, especially in policies that affect the country.