– Zimbabwean officials have denied claims that President Robert Mugabe was brutally assaulted by his wife
– The officials say Mugabe is heavily guarded making an assault on him close to impossible
– A report had claimed that the incident at State House in Harare was captured on tape but the journalist has failed to avail the video
Zimbabwean government officials have dismissed claims that President Robert Mugabe was slapped by his wife Grace Mugabe.
One of the officials, on Sunday, May 8, told a Zimbabwean publication that nothing like that happened at the State House in Harare.
“For your own information, President Robert Mugabe is heavily guarded by CIOs (Central Intelligence Organisation officers) not police officers while at home. These operate at the president’s direct command. Were such a thing to happen, the president would scream or summon for help in a split second and the first lady would be subdued and even punished,” the source said.
Police Deputy Commissioner General Innocent Matibiri, Robert Mugabe’s relative, also dismissed the report.
In the report published by a Kenyan paper on Saturday, May 7, Matibiri was blamed for apparently not being able to shield Robert Mugabe from his wife’s slaps.
Matibiri was apparently given a slap on the face by the first lady when he tried to help Mugabe.
“Grace slaps Matibiri hard in the face and he withdraws in shame, leaving Robert Mugabe to face further abuse from his wife who is 40 years younger that the 92-year-old president,” reads the reports.
The officer challenged the reporter to avail the video footage that he claimed captured the assault.
This is not the first time that the government had to fight media reports about the president.
In January 2016, a Zimbabwean website published that Robert Mugabe had collapsed after suffering a heart attack while on holiday with his family in Singapore.
Presidential spokesperson George Charamba condemned the report saying that the website just used the “grim lie” to improve its traffic in order to get dirty money from Google.