Robert Mugabe wife poised to be Zimbabwe new vice president

Tension is growing over the status of Zimbabwe’s first lady, after President Robert Mugabe praised her at a rally Wednesday, indicating that she may be his pick to replace his recently fired vice president.

“We should uphold the route of the party,” Mugabe said at the rally in Harare. “We despise those that abandon the party in the afternoon and, when it is evening, they go against the party. We despise that — it does not matter even if you were very close with the president. It does not matter if the president called you to the party and put you close to him and walked with you through the journey.”

As the president spoke, people held up banners showing support for first lady Grace Mugabe.

Already, state controlled-media — which is loyal to the longtime president — has reported that two provinces have chosen to back Mrs. Mugabe to be the new vice president.

The ruling ZANU-PF party will make the official decision at a party conference in mid-December.