Cape Town – Zimbabwe's ruling Zanu-PF party on Tuesday could not confirm nor deny reports that the country's vice president Joice Mujuru has tendered her resignation to President Robert Mugabe.
Reports on Monday claimed Mujuru had quit, with ZimEye saying however that Mugabe had turned down the resignation.
A Zanu-PF source, who preferred to remain anonymous, could not confirm the reports to News24, saying that Mujuru was currently the acting president after Mugabe left the country to attend the late Zambian president Michael Sata's funeral.
Joice Mujuru. (File: AFP)
"She [Mujuru] is acting president right now and therefore, that sort of claim doesn't make sense to me," said the source.
Efforts to get a comment from the minister of information, Jonathan Moyo, were fruitless as his phone went silent.
Zanu-PF spokesperson Rugare Gumbo told News24 to phone later.
Zanu-PF is currently embroiled in a succession battle that has torn the party apart.
Infighting escalated following First Lady Grace Mugabe's surprise nomination to lead Zanu-PF's women's league, amid speculation she could be aiming to take over from her husband when he steps down or dies.
Grace made headlines in the past weeks, accusing Mujuru of fomenting divisions in party and plotting to topple her husband.
The state media has also joined the fray, accusing Mujuru of "illicit business dealings" and abuse of "office and political status".
Mugabe, aged 90 and in power since independence from Britain in 1980, has not indicated a preferred political heir, but his advanced age and rumours of ill health have escalated succession fights in the ruling Zanu-PF party.