The time is near and Mugabe’s wife, Grace Mugabe is not taking chances.

The Zimbabwean first lady has challenged her husband, President Robert Mugabe, to name his preferred successor before it is too late.

Does she know something about his health status that no one else is privy to?

Mrs. Mugabe believes that if President Mugabe names a successor, it will put an end to the political rifts and intrigues gripping the ruling Zanu-PF party.

93-year old Mugabe has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980 but has insisted that ZANU-PF, and not him, will choose his eventual successor when the time comes.

Mrs Mugabe wants that time to come now!

At a meeting of ZANU-PF's women's wing in the capital Harare, Madam Mugabe contradicted the veteran leader, who also attended the meeting.

"The First Lady and Zanu PF Secretary for Women's Affairs has challenged the President to name his successor saying this has been the trend in other countries," Zimbabwe’s state television said.

"The First Lady said there is nothing wrong with Mugabe naming his successor, saying the move will enable all members to rally behind one candidate," the station reported.

Will Mugabe listen to his wife? The world is watching.

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