Grace Mugabe takes charge of Zanu PF special congress

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FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe and her G40 allies  have reportedly taken charge of preparations for Zanu PF’s proposed December special congress where she is expected to force through a constitutional amendment allowing for her appointment as the party’s second female vice president NewsDay has learnt.

Impeccable sources yesterday said President Robert Mugabe had, after last week’s tense politburo meeting, immediately set up a steering committee, comprising mainly of Grace’s allies, to organise the congress.

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Zanu PF is effectively split between two distinct factions, Grace’s G40, whose kingpins are party commissar Saviour Kasukuwere and Higher Education minister Jonathan Moyo, and Team Lacoste, which is sympathetic to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

With both the Zanu PF factions jostling to sponsor a candidate to succeed ailing soon-to-be 94-year-old Mugabe, the First Lady’s G40 faction was likely to have the last laugh in the succession race.

“Yes, there is a committee to plan and co-ordinate the extraordinary congress. It is headed by (administration secretary Ignatius) Chombo and some of its members are (political commissar Saviour) Kasukuwere, (Major-General Douglas) Nyikayaramba and a former Reserve Bank governor (name withheld),” a top Zanu PF source said.

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