The wife of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe this week revealed that at one time her husband was so sick from food poisoning that she thought he was going to die. Despite his suffering, he did not complain or go public about it, she told a rally in Shona this Saturday.
During this time he was bedridden and treated intravenously, with cabinet minister Sydney Sekeramayi, who is a Swedish trained medical doctor, coming to his assistance. Sekeramayi is among those whose names have been touted as outsider contenders to succeed Mugabe. However, the 93 year old president has ruled out naming a successor and intends to run in next years elections.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwean First Lady Grace has been courting controversy following accusations that she assaulted a South African model with an electric cable in Johannesburg last month. Responding to the allegations her deposition claims the 20-year-old model came at her with a knife. As South Africa has granted Grace Mugabe diplomatic immunity the case will not heard, however.