Zim needs leaders of integrity - vice president
27 September 2015, 16:29
Harare - Zimbabwean Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who
is widely believed to want to succeed President Robert Mugabe, has said that
Zimbabwe needed "leaders of integrity" according to a report.
Mnangagwa told hundreds of Christians meeting for a prayer
breakfast in Harare that the country's leaders "should continue upholding
justice, honesty and peace", according to the state-run Sunday Mail
"Our job as leaders is to shepherd the country with
integrity," Mnangagwa was reported as saying.
He did not offer any criticism of Mugabe, whose leadership
the vice president described as "astute".
Nicknamed "the Crocodile", Mnangagwa has been a
powerful force in Zimbabwean politics for years. But he was only named Mugabe's
deputy in December 2014 after a tumultuous shake-up in the upper ranks of
government and the ruling Zanu-PF party that saw the then vice president Joice Mujuru deposed.
Her ousting is suspected to have been organised by
supporters of Mnangagwa. But it also apparently had the support of Grace
Mugabe, the president's much younger wife. Though she denies it publicly, there
is suspicion she may also have presidential ambitions. The privately-owned
Standard newspaper on Sunday said Grace Mugabe was Mnangagwa's "new
Meanwhile, Mujuru herself appears anything but down-and-out
on the political front, having recently published a statement in the press that
hinted she is soon to form her own party.
Mnangagwa last month said there was no guarantee he would