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I’m not adopting Mugabe’s wife as my running mate – Zimbabwean presidential candidate

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Presidential candidate of Zimbabwean Movement for Democratic Change, Nelson Chamisa, has reportedly rubbished claims that the opposition coalition intends to pick former First Lady, Grace Mugabe, as his running mate in the coming election.

According to Standard newspaper, Chamisa said that it was “unthinkable for Grace to be his deputy.”

Last week, a faction of the recently-formed opposition, the National Patriotic Front, claimed that Grace wanted to be vice president of the MDC Alliance, reports News24.

The sensational claim was made by Jim Kunaka of the NFP at a press conference on Friday.

The NPF was formed after the ageing former president Robert Mugabe was persuaded to step down in a military takeover last November. Reports indicated that Mugabe, 94, was behind the party.

Chamisa said that the nonagenarian’s wife would never be his own deputy.

“Whoever wants to join us is welcome, our bus doesn’t get full but there is no way one can join a church and become a deacon the same day,” Chamisa was quoted as saying.

The NPF is wracked by divisions.

It’s founder-president Ambrose Mutinhiri was sacked on Friday (though he refused to accept this).

On Thursday, Welshman Ncube, the MDC Alliance’s spokesperson, said the alliance had “no desire whatsoever to be associated with the terrible rule of Robert Mugabe”

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