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Wife of Zimbabwe 92-year-old dictator, Grace Mugabe, says he could run in next election ‘as a corpse’

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President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace Mugabe arrive to chair the party [ZANU PF] Politburo meeting on Wednesday
51-year-old Grace Mugabe says no one has the right to tell her soon-to-be 93-year-old husband, he is old
Zimbabwe’s first lady, said President Robert Mugabe should run “as a corpse” in next year’s election if he dies before the vote, Friday 
Mugabe has been in power since white minority rule ended in Zimbabwe 37 years ago
Mugabe, who has said he wants to live and rule to 100, will turn 93 on Tuesday
 Zimbabwe’s First lady, Friday, declared that her  92-year-old husband, President Robert Mugabe should run “as a corpse” in next year’s election if he dies before the country goes to the polls.

In what sounded like an early campaign stomp speech, Grace Mugabe, 51, accused some ruling ZANU-PF party officials of plotting to snatch power from her husband, telling the party faithful that even if he dies, supporters should put his name on the ballot to show their love for him.
“If God decides to take him, then we would rather field him as a corpse,” she said while addressing thousands of cheering supporters in the local Shona language, at a rally in Buhera, eastern Zimbabwe.

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Grace Mugabe-1.jpgRobert Mugabe will rule until he is 100 from special wheelchair, says Zimbabwe’s 51-year-old First lady, Grace Mugabe

The heavy lifting obviously rests with the more energetic first lady, as the president who turns 93 on Tuesday, has slowed down on public engagements while his 51-year-old wife has assumed an increasingly public political profile.

With a big celebration is planned to hold after the birthday for Mugabe who has been in power  in Zimbabwe for almost 37 years, Grace Mugabe warned political opponents, associates and power aspirants  from the era of guerrilla war against white rule that they can’t take power because they too are old, just as the nonagenarian.

President-Mugabe-and-First-Family.jpgPresident Robert Mugabe and First Lady Grace Amai Mugabe with their son Chatunga Bellarmine and daughter, Bona at his 2013 inauguration
Robert Mugabe unveils a new statue of himself4.jpgRobert Mugabe [center] unveiled a massive statue of himself last year and made a commitment to rule for life and declared he will live to be 100 years old

“Anyone who was with Mugabe in 1980 has no right to tell him he is old. If you want Mugabe to go, then you leave together. You also have to leave. Then we take over because we were not there in 1980,” she said, pointing to herself.

Grace Mugabe has professed fierce loyalty to her husband, previously saying she would get him a wheelchair if necessary and push it for him so that he can continue to rule.
Mugabe had declared he wants to live and rule until 100 while unveiling a 3.8 meter statue of himself, last year September. He declared his commitment to rule for life, and has complained about ruling party factions that are jostling for influence as a succession battle looms.

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