17 April 2011

Zimbabwe: Grace Mugabe Mystery Deepens

Harare — THE mystery surrounding First Lady Grace Mugabe's whereabouts deepened yesterday with President Robert Mugabe's spokesman saying he does not know where she is.

Grace is reportedly in Singapore where she is seeking treatment after she allegedly dislocated her hip in an awkward fall at their Borrowdale house.

Last Friday her husband flew to the Asian country but returned home for the burial of Central Intelligence Organisation deputy director general Menard Muzariri who was declared a national hero.

His wife, who usually accompanies him to state occasions, was conspicuously absent.

When asked whether she had returned home, Charamba who last week confirmed that the First Family was in Singapore said: "I am not in touch with that side."

But last week, Charamba hinted that Grace could be battling an illness.

He disclosed that she had not fully recovered from a complication she suffered while giving birth to her last-born son Chatunga 14 years ago. Her principal private secretary Lawrence Kamwi yesterday refused to comment saying he was not the Mugabes' spokesperson.

"I am not their spokesperson," he said. "There is one spokesperson and you should go to him."

Sources last week said Grace actually left the country soon after the burial of Harare governor David Karimanzira on March 27.

Some publications last week tried to rubbish The Standard story claiming that it was planted to divert attention from Mugabe's own health problems.

However, the 87-year-old Zanu PF leader appeared fit at Muzariri's burial and spoke for more than an hour.

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