The recommendation was made by thousands of women at an event held the First Lady’s Amai Grace Mugabe Children’s Home in Mazowe in Mashonaland Central province.
It means she will automatically take over the reins of the powerful Zanu (PF) wing from Oppah Muchinguri at the party’s elective December congress.
Edna Madzongwe, a senior female heavyweight in the party who sits in the Zanu (PF) politburo, notified the women at the home that they had gathered to invite Grace to assume the women’s league leadership at the congress.
After that, Muchinguri took to the podium and urged Grace to take an active role in the party by leading the league and asked the congregants if they agreed with Madzongwe’s proposal, which they endorsed by show of hands.
She hoped that Grace’s leadership of the wing would quell the factionalism that had riddled the organ which in the past has played a crucial role in influencing key party appointments such as Vice President Joice Mujuru’s ascendancy to her current position in 2004.
Mugabe’s first wife, the late Sally, at one time led the women’s league.
She became the Zanu deputy secretary for the Women’s League two years before independence in 1978 and was made secretary-general in 1989.
Even though the First Lady said she needed time to consider the offer, she virtually accepted it, likening herself to a woman who is under courtship and, for decency, should not promptly agree to a man’s proposal.
“You know that if you are being courted by a man, you don’t you don’t say ‘yes’ right away. You need to do your homework first so as to be well-informed,” she said, thanking the congregants for showing their faith in her.Post published in: News