Grace Mugabe, the wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, said she has no ambition to be the country’s next leader.
“There are some people spreading false rumors that I want to be president, and it is not true,” Grace, 50, said at a rally of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front, in Mataga in the Midlands province on Friday.
While Zimbabwe isn’t due to hold elections for another three years, speculation has already mounted that Grace will succeed her 91-year-old husband, who has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980. She leads a faction that plans to oust Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, privately-owned newspapers have reported since December.
“Before Zanu-PF goes to elections in 2018, we will go to congress to choose new leaders,” she said. “I am not going to be the president.”
Grace worked as the president’s secretary before marrying him in 1996. She formally entered politics in December, when ZANU-PF elected her leader of its women’s league.