Grace Mugabe: From 'First Shopper' to 'Mrs President'?

Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe speaks during a campaign meeting at the City Sports Center in Harare, October 8, 2014The wife of Zimbabwe’s veteran leader Robert Mugabe has been called “Gucci Grace” and “First Shopper”, but some suspect she may be looking for a new title — “Mrs President”. As the battle to succeed her 90-year-old husband heats up, 49-year-old Grace is set to take a top post in the ruling party’s powerful Politburo at a key congress which formally opened on Thursday. Jockeying for the leadership of ZANU-PF, which has ruled Zimbabwe for 34 years, has seen vicious factional infighting — with Grace’s late entry startling analysts who had seen it as a two-horse race. The former typist, presumably with Mugabe’s backing, has already put paid to the ambitions of one of the top contenders, Vice President Joice Mujuru.

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