Harare – Zimbabwe's war veterans have officially endorsed Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa to take over from the ailing president Robert Mugabe, 92, reports NewsDay.
The war veterans took the decision to endorse Mnangagwa as Mugabe’s successor after a countrywide tour of provinces on feedback meetings in the aftermath of their indaba with Mugabe in April.
According to the former freedom fighters, Mnangagwa was the next in line to take over the presidency
They said that their decision to endorse Mnangagwa was irreversible.
"All fighters, all those who went to the struggle are in a queue to rule and the norm is, seniority tells who is next in line. So next in line from those who took part in the struggle, is Mnangagwa. There is nothing sinister about that; it is just a matter of principle," Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association spokesperson, Douglas Mahiya was quoted as saying.
This came amid reports that the ruling Zanu-PF party was riddled with warring factions, as party leaders positioned themselves to eventually succeed the nonagenarian.
Among the possible names in the looming battle to take over were Mugabe's wife Grace, 50, and his two vice presidents, Phelekezela Mphoko and Mnangagwa.
Reports indicated that a new group of Young Turks, Generation 40, was pushing for Grace to be the next deputy president, thus, positioning her to eventually succeed the ailing president.
This had reportedly further widened the party's succession factional wars.
Mugabe recently accused potential successors of wishing him dead and told supporters to unite against foreign enemies he said wanted to destroy the southern African nation.
Mugabe has been in power since independence from Britain in 1980. He has repeatedly said that that his heir must be chosen democratically.