MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai has refused to be drawn on his wife's alleged affair with an ex-lover insisting that his marriage was a private matter.
Following the MDC-T leader's comprehensive defeat to President Robert Mugabe in the July 31 elections, a state-run weekly carried a report claiming that Tsvangira's wife, Elizabeth, had rekindled an old affair with a married man.
The Sunday Mail published several e-mails showing exchanges, some of them intimate, between the former premier's 36 year-old wife and one Kennedy Ngirazi, who is said to be the father of her five-year-old daughter.
But in an interview with the Independent newspaper on Friday, Tsvangirai said the reports were part of a bid to "humiliate and finish him off".
"It was done to humiliate me," he said.
"It was done to finish me off and to demoralise me after the elections. Marriage is about two people and no one would want someone to interfere in their private lives, but I don't really want to dwell on my private life."
Tsvangirai also said he was aware of attempts to force him out of the mansion in Harare's posh Highlands suburb, which was acquired and extensively upgraded for his use as prime minister.
"It shows vindictiveness of some petty people who are not prepared to accept others with different ideas around them. They hate me because I am a threat to their greed, corruption and ill-gotten wealth," he said.
"Well, as I have said, I will have to meet Mugabe first and will see whether they will offer me the place and if I can afford it then make arrangements to pay for it. As of now, it is state property."
The MDC-T leader also said he would look to meet Mugabe to see whether he was entitled to any pension as ex-prime minister.
"That subject has not been discussed. I will meet the president now that we have a cabinet and engage him on such issues and others which may help Zimbabwe move forward," he said.
Tsvangirai has refused to accept his defeat in the last elections, accusing his rival of rigging the vote, altough African observers said the elections were "free and credible".
The MDC-T chief, who has faild to defeat Mugabe on three successive occasions now, is also under increasing pressure from within his party with leading figures such as exiled treasurer Roy Bennett calling for his replacement as leader.
Tsvangirai however denies allegations he is clinging onto to power like his Zanu PF nemesis and says those keen to replace him are welcome to openly make their case at the party's next congress in 2016.
"The MDC has a constitutional process of choosing who should lead it. I have been the leader since the party's inception and as long as the people express their interest in my leadership, I will lead them," he said.
"I have asked people to engage in the debate of leadership renewal and those willing to take over must come out in the open. It should not be done secretly. I have said this in the (national) council that it is time to talk about leadership renewal.
"Bennett has expressed his personal opinion on the social media, but not to the party. We have proper channels of communicating within the party. As for (secretary general Tendai) Biti, he is my SG and we meet daily to discuss the party strategies. We have a good working relationship."