HARARE – The former first lady of Zimbabwe Grace Mugabe supported her ageing husband’s ‘decision to resign’, revealed Robert Mugabe’s spokesperson George Charamba.
Reports show that Grace Mugabe had previously presidential ambitions of her own, as she is reported to have led a campaign to get the then vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa out. She was also a key figure of the G40 faction that had the upper hand within the ruling Zanu-PF party, only up until November 15.
Grace looked certain to become one of the country’s two vice presidents following the sacking of then vice president Mnangagwa on November 6, who led a rival faction. Grace was behind president Mugabe’s decision to resign after the military took over control in November, that is according to Charamba.
“Even the first lady (Grace Mugabe) was behind Mugabe’s decision to resign,” Charamba was quoted saying. He also said that Mugabe himself had wanted to leave office in his own term s but “there were a number of scenarios at play including marchers coming to force the veteran leader out of power,” Charamba said.
He revealed that the last days of the Mugabe presidency were very painful as loyalties to the nonagenarian has shifted. Charamba claimed that he had to remind the 93-year old that there were “other dimensions” threatening his hold on power.