Zim looks for Mugabe's successor after a surreal month

Stephen Chan writes in New Zimbabwe: "

BEFORE she landed herself in hot diplomatic water by allegedly attacking a South African model with a power cord, Zimbabwe′s notoriously ill-tempered first lady, Grace Mugabe, joined the clamour for her aged husband Robert to name a successor. Curiously, she also called for a female vice president, stirring up rumours that she′s positioning herself for a presidential bid in 2023, not next year. That may take her name off a growing list of potential successors to one of the world′s oldest presidents.

Mugabe still plans to be his Zanu-PF party′s presidential candidate in 2018, but were he to win and complete a full term her would be 99 years old. A new potential candidate to succeed him is political veteran Sydney Sekeramayi, seemingly endorsed by the Generation 40 group long associated with Grace. As with his rival presidential hopeful Emmerson Mnangagwa, the septugenarian Sekeramayi does not represent a new generation. What both men stand for is the liberation generation′s last chance to redeem itself after Mugabe, before the "born frees" or "young frees" finally get to build a future their elders seem unable to imagine.


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