Africa Editor at the Mail and Guardian, Simon Allison, says while it seems Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe may be a step closer to succeeding her husband as president, things may play out very differently.
On Monday, the Zimbabwean vice-president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, was axed after increasing calls for his sacking.
In a scathing attack on Mnangagwa, Information Minister Simon Khaya Moyo said the deputy had consistently exhibited traits of disloyalty, disrespect, and deceitfulness.
Allison says this is part of the faction fighting in the Zanu PF.
Seething under the surface is incredible turmoil both within the ruling party and more broadly in the country with opposition groups, and this is really part of the faction fighting within the Zanu PF.— Simon Allison, Africa Editor at Mail and Guardian
It does look like Grace has an upper hand in that succession battle and Emmerson is out in the cold...— Simon Allison, Africa Editor at Mail and Guardian
Allison says it is likely that Grace Mugabe will be confirmed as vice president of Zimbabwe at the country's extraordinary congress in December, but this does not mean the presidential race is over.
It is too early to say that the succession race is over. There are elections scheduled for next year, there is still plenty of politics happening behind the scenes and we have a long way before we can all hail President Grace.— Simon Allison, Africa Editor at Mail and Guardian
Allison says opposition parties could use the factionalism in the ruling party, to their advantage.
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