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IS ZIMBABWE READY FOR A FEMALE PRESIDENT?

By Barnabas Thondhlana

Zimbabweans are speaking in hushed tones on the possibility of having a woman president, in the event the Covid-19 virus does the unthinkable.

The highest ranking party official in the presidium is Oppah Muchinguri, herself in a storm over loose utterances she made to maverick journalist Simba Chakanza of ZimEye.

All ready, the Covid-19 pandemic has paralysed government amid reports that Vice-Presidents Constantino Chiwenga and Kembo Mohadi are unwell.

President Mnangagwa has just spent 14 days in self-isolation in Harare after his close security details, cabinet ministers and top bureaucrats tested positive.

This means that the country was left on auto-pilot as there was no acting President. Mnangagwa had to cut short his annual leave.

Information gathered by the The ObserverZim – and confirmed by the Zimbabwe Independent – from senior government and intelligence sources indicates that Mnangagwa’s co-deputies are ill.

Mohadi, acted as president before disappearing from the public scene as he was taken ill.

It was not immediately clear if Chiwenga was hospitalised or was recuperating from home by the time of going to print.

Zimbabwe is reeling under a second wave of Covid-19 which has claimed over 770 lives, including cabinet ministers and government officials.

Mnangagwa made his first public appearance on Monday at State House where he signed The Africa Factbook.

But in the event of something happening to the top three politicians, Muchinguri will fall into the hot seat.

In the ZimEye interview, Muchinguri is quoted saying Zimbabwe’s enemies were using close security personnel to transmit Covid-19 to senior politicians, and the fact that both Chiwenga and Mohadi are ill could possibly confirm her suspicions.

Most Zimbabweans had tipped former Foreign Affairs minister SB Moyo as the president-in-waiting, but he was unfortunately suddenly taken away by the Covid virus.

A Zanu PF chairman in one of the provinces however said succession in Zanu PF was not as easy as people thought.

“In the unlikely event that that we lose our top brass, the next person to assume Presidency would be decided by the Party. But in the interim, the Speaker acts,” he said.

Very soon the hushed tones will be spoken publicly.

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