By Amelia Johnson|
A Zimbabwean website notorious for spilling sensitive government and Zanu PF party secrets has claimed that a United States company, A Better Casket, has been nominated by senior party officials to make a special coffin for ailing president Robert Mugabe amid panic over his health and mental state.
Party officials are openly discussing a post-Mugabe era that could be dominated by his wife Grace Mugabe using Emmerson Mnangagwa as a stepping stone. A group led by former vice president Joice Mujuru has already been expelled from Zanu PF for standing in Grace Mugabe’s way, over the succession issue. In an unprecedented editorial piece on Tuesday, the state mouth-piece, The Herald, said either of the two vice presidents, Emmerson Mnangagwa or Phelekezela Mphoko could act as interim president if Mugabe became ‘incapacitated’. Some in Zanu PF want Mugabe to retire on health grounds in January 2015, a prospect dismissed by political analyst Ibbo Mandaza, director of the Southern African Political and Economic Series (Sapes) Trust, who says Mugabe wants to die in office rather than resign.
The Zimbabweans for Prosperity group, which has been predicting, on its Facebook page, Mugabe’s death for a long time claiming he had been poisoned by his wife Grace, predicted he would not last beyond 2015, triggering panic about a Mnangagwa takeover.
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