In comes Grace, Mugabe’s wife, with her own threats

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Zimbabwe’s extravagant first lady Grace Marufu Mugabe, who of late has
masqueraded as a politician has vowed that her 84 year old husband, incumbent leader Robert Mugabe will never vacate his office for opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai even if he loses a run-off election next month.

From our correspondent in Harare

Grace told followers of her husband’s Zanu PF party in Shamva that Tsvangirai’s MDC would not be allowed to take power under any circumstances. She said “Even if people vote for the MDC, Morgan Tsvangirai will never step foot inside State House”

“He will only get to hear about what it looks like inside State House from
people who have been there. Even if Baba Mugabe loses, he will only leave State House to make way for someone from Zanu PF.”

The 84-year-old president, who has ruled the former British colony since
independence in 1980, is to square off against Tsvangirai on June 27 after an inconclusive first round.

Tsvangirai fell just short of an outright majority on March 29 needed to avoid a run-off, although the MDC wrested control of parliament from Zanu PF in a legislative poll that took place at the same time.

Grace, who is 40 years Mugabe’s junior, accompanied her husband to the rural area of Shamva, in Mashonaland Central province, for a tour of a homestead which was allegedly burned down by MDC followers.

While Mugabe has laid the blame for post-election violence at the feet of the MDC, the United Nations and human rights groups say that Zanu PF has been responsible for the lion’s share. Panapress .

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