The leader of the Zimbabwean opposition alliance NCA Lovemore Madhuku has less than loving feelings towards his country's ambitious First Lady Grace Mugabe (49) and predicts civil war will erupt if she succeeds her elderly husband Robert Mugabe (90) as the country's president.Bobby and Grace Mugabe
Speaking at a policy dialogue by the Southern African Political and Economic Series to analyse Zanu PF's succession matrix, Madhuku said Zimbabweans would go to war if Grace becomes the country's new leader after her ailing husband.
- "Grace, the President of Zimbabwe! When we are there? Not at all!"
- "It would be absurd to wake up one day and be told Grace is the President. We would go to war."
- "Yes, she can be a chair of the women's league, address rallies but she cannot be a President."
- "You cannot have a country where you say l ran it for 34 years and when l left my wife took over ...
people have to find any unlawful means of stopping any insanity by Zanu PF that would want to leave us with Grace Mugabe as President."
- "For the next 241 years we don't want to see any Mugabe in power."
The background is, that Grace was nominated to take over as head of Zanu PF's women's league at the party's congress in December 2013, since then she has just concluded a whirlwind nationwide "meet-the-people"-tour which has left commentators warning the First Lady could be targeting the presidency.
Her rallies have featured brutal attacks of female Vice President Joice Mujuru, previously seen as potential successor to Mugabe although struggling to put off a challenge by Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa for the job.
Grace has demanded that Mujuru steps down saying she is not qualified to be Vice President and accusing her of illicit diamond dealing and running an extortion racket demanding 10% shareholdings in private companies - so quite vicious attacks.Joice Mujuru
Political commentators have warned Zimbabweans to ready themselves for a "republican monarchy" experience akin to countries like the Democratic Republic of Congo and North Korea where leaders were succeeded by family members.
But according to Madhuku "Zimbabweans would not accept "a monarchy".
- "I don't think we are at the level of those countries (DRC and North Korea). Do you think we are at such a level? If we are at such a level - well ..."
- "They (Zanu PF) will do all the madness, but let's not allow this madness to carry us away."
Grace Mugabe (popularly known as Dis Grace for her lavish lifestyle, extravagant shopping sprees and corruption) also got a PhD in sociology from the University of Zimbabwe in September after a full two years of studying... the degree was awarded by the Chancellor of the university, a fellow named Robert Mugabe.http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2014/sep/15/grace-mugabe-phd-award-first-lady-zimbabwe-university