Mugabe’s succession unresolved as Zanu-PF conference ends in controversy

Mugabe’s succession unresolved as Zanu-PF conference ends in controversy

The annual conference of Zimbabwe’s governing Zanu-PF ended in controversy on Saturday with no announcement of final resolutions amid fierce factional fighting over President Robert Mugabe’s unresolved succession.

In an unprecedented development that highlighted the growing quarrels, Mugabe told the 4 000 delegates that although the conference had “debated robustly”, “the resolutions will come soon”.

Party insiders said there were fierce disagreements over the campaign by a faction aligned to Mugabe’s wife Grace, to amend the Zanu-PF constitution and reserve one of the two vice-presidential posts for a woman.

Final resolutions are always announced on the closing day of Zanu-PF conferences. Yesterday’s departure from tradition is significant. Read more

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