Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s long-serving president, has firmly rejected the suggestion that his wife Grace could take over from his as president, telling The Telegraph she has no such “ambitions”.
Mr Mugabe said his wife was happy with the roles she currently holds, as Zanu PF’s women’s’ league leader, owner of a large dairy farm and patron of a children’s’ orphanage.
“She doesn’t have those ambitions. No, I don’t think so,” he said. “She has accepted the post of being secretary for women’s affairs and she has got her own charity to care for.”
Joining her husband, who was speaking to a huddle of journalists during a state banquet hosted in his honour in Pretoria by Jacob Zuma, the South African president, Mrs Mugabe was less definitive.
Asked if she would like to be president one day, she replied: “I don’t know, I don’t know!” Addressing reports in the Zimbabwean media that she has been gravely ill and might even have been suffering from colon cancer, Mrs Mugabe joked: “I’m dead! I’m a corpse.”
Perhaps in a bid to disprove the claims entirely, and to enliven the rather awkward atmosphere evident at the top table, she took to the dance floor with Mr Zuma, and the pair stood side by side, rolling their shoulders, waggling their hips and beaming at their delighted audience.
SOURCE: Aislinn Laing