A faction of Zanu PF youths led by politburo member Edison Chakanyuka and Gokwe-Nembudziya MP Justice Mayor Wadyajena has said it has launched a campaign for First Lady Grace Mugabe to land a post in the Presidium following her recent political and academic achievements.
Addressing party youths at his belated election victory on Saturday, Wadyajena said Grace would help stabilise the highly-factious ruling party and act as personal political adviser to President Robert Mugabe.
Grace’s political star rose after she was recently “unanimously” endorsed by the party’s Women and Youth Leagues and traditional leaders to lead the Women’s League.
“Yesterday, we woke up to learn that the only Amai in Zanu PF, our First Lady, went to school while at the same time she was looking after the President and the family. After all the hard work, she is now Doctor Mugabe,” Wadyajena said, in reference to the First Lady’s graduation with the Doctor of Philosophy degree (PhD) at the University of Zimbabwe last Friday.
“It was not given. It was acquired quietly without her telling the world. As youths, we say to her the sky is the limit. Women, youths and chiefs say to Doctor Mugabe, the sky is the limit.
“If you can rise, and rise you can, nothing can stop you. If women said they want you to lead them, as youth, what can we say? We want her at the top position, even in the Presidium.
“Amai can tell the President the truth. Gone are the days of lying to the President,” Wadyajena said.
Chakanyuka, who is the outgoing deputy youth secretary, said Zanu PF youths were not being pushed by anyone in the party to campaign for the First Lady.
The youth leader recently accused Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa of using State machinery to instill fear in party members opposed to his preferred candidates for the presidency.
Mutasa, the party’s national secretary for administration, is believed to be campaigning for Vice-President Joice Mujuru to succeed Mugabe.
The Mujuru camp is reportedly fighting fierce succession fights against a rival faction led by Justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, although both have publicly denied harbouring ambitions to succeed Mugabe.
Analysts believe Mugabe was working behind the scenes in Grace’s political rise and wanted her to land the presidency to counter the rival factions and safeguard his legacy and family businesses.
Already, Grace’s elevation has caused quirks in the ruling party with some members questioning her political pedigree.