Smiling Grace Mugabe seen at Zim ruling party meeting

2015-04-03 09:45
Grace Mugabe (File: AFP)

Grace Mugabe (File: AFP)

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Harare - A smiling Grace Mugabe was Thursday pictured at a meeting of her husband's politburo in Harare following ongoing rumours of her poor health.

The state-controlled Sunday Mail published three photographs online of the Zimbabwean first lady taking her seat next to her 91-year-old husband and Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Mrs Mugabe, 49, who underwent surgery in January for what her husband maintains was an operation to remove her appendix, was wearing a white headband, a red scarf and a patterned dress, and looked relaxed as she greeted Zanu-PF officials.

Previously uninvolved in politics, the president's wife was elected to head the ruling party's powerful women's league in December.

Rumours have been doing the rounds that the first lady is in poor health and may even be suffering from colon cancer.

Government officials have confirmed that Mrs Mugabe was last week out of the country for medical treatment. Unconfirmed reports said she was in Dubai, where the couple's son Robert Junior is at university.

Presidential spokesperson George Charamba told website at the weekend: "Any Zimbabwean, big or small, has a right to seek medical attention wherever they please."

Zimbabwe's public health system is in poor shape, dogged by ongoing water, blood and drug shortages and strikes by junior doctors.

Mugabe regularly flies out of the country for medical check-ups. Despite a stumble down some steps at Harare International Airport in February, the longtime leader usually appears to be in good form, a condition that he and his family attribute to a tightly-controlled diet and a disciplined lifestyle.

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