Grace Mugabe resumes rallies, off to Masvingo province

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Staff Reporter

Grace Mugabe

FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe resumes her nationwide rallies Friday with a stop at a Gutu business centre in Masvingo province.

The rallies have been criticised by the opposition as Grace hands out to Zanu PF supporters tractors secured through government loans.

Her Masvingo trip comes after officials laughed off media claims Grace had pulled out of a scheduled rally in the province after being warned that she would not be welcome.

Zanu PF structures in the province are seen to back vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, who according to media reports, faces a challenge from the First Lady in his bid to take over from President Robert Mugabe.

Seemingly putting to rest speculation of a fallout, Mnangagwa attended Grace’s rally in the Midlands province, another of the vice president’s strongholds.

At the Midlands rejected talk of any rivalry between her and Mnangagwa.

She insisted she had no interested in replacing him as vice president, adding there would be no changes to the party leadership until the next congress in 2019.

President Mugabe, now aged 91, has already been endorsed as the Zanu PF candidate for elections due in 2018.

Meanwhile Zanu PF Masvingo provincial spokesman, Ronald Ndava, confirmed Grace would address a rally at Mushayavanhu Business Centre in Gutu District.

“We are happy that the First Lady is visiting us. We are ready for her and the special state events committee is assisting us to prepare for the big day,” he said.

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