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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Robert 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.