The ruling political party in Zimbabwe, the Zanu-PF party has resolved that it will hold what has been called an extraordinary congress this December that may see a woman appointed as one of the two the vice-presidents.
The party’s women’s league has been pressurizing 93-year-old resident Robert Mugabe, to follow the party’s constitution and appoint a woman as one of the country’s two vice-presidents.
This perhaps may pave the way for Mugabe’s wife Grace Mugabe to rise to become Zanu-PF’s number two ‘man’.
President Mugabe proposed in July that the annual December conference should be turned into a Congress that will have the authority to decide whether to make amendments to the party’s constitution to create a third vice-presidency for a woman, and his wife is considered as his favorite candidate for the position.
The December congress will also enable Mr. Mugabe to re-organize the party, which has been plagued by infighting between rival leaders who position themselves to take over from Mugabe when he dies or decides to retire.
Joice Mujuru was the party’s last female vice-president, but she lost the post -and was expelled from the party after a campaign was led against her by Mrs. Grace Mugabe accusing her of trying to take over power from her husband.
First Lady Grace Mugabe and Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa are tipped to succeed Mr. Mugabe whenever he leaves the post.