First Lady urges President Mugabe to name successor
- President Mugabe has been nominated by his Zanu-PF party to stand for re-election next year
- Wife of the president, Grace Mugabe, has been rumoured as a potential successor to her husband
- President Mugabe has embarked on three medical trips to Singapore this year
Grace Mugabe has urged her husband to name his successor in order to end divisions over who will be the next president of Zimbabwe.
President Mugabe who is the world's oldest ruler, has been nominated by his the Zanu-PF party to stand for re-election next year, the BBC reports.
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"President, don't be afraid. Tell us who is your choice, which horse we should back," Mrs Mugabe told a meeting of Zanu-PF's women's wing.
"If you tell us the horse to back, we will rise in our numbers and openly support that horse. Why should our horse be concealed?" she added.
Mrs Mugabe made the statement in the presence of her husband who was in attendance at the event.
The president’s wife has also been rumoured as a potential successor to her husband as has Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
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Mr Mugabe has embarked on three medical trips to Singapore this year, fueling concerns about his health.
As concerns about his health mounts, rival factions in his party have been vying to strengthen their position.
Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980. He is 93 years old.
Meanwhile, in Nigeria, the personal assistant to the president on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, has dismissed suggestions that President Muhammdu Buhari's medical condition is critical.
Onochie in a tweet on Thursday July 27 linked Buhari’s current health travails to old age.
The presidential aide made the statement in response to enquiries from tweeter users about the president’s health. She also said President Buhari has been thin from birth
She also said President Buhari has been thin from birth.
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