Joice Mujuru refutes corruption claims

Joice Mujuru says people shouldn't accuse her of crimes she didn't commit.

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe (R) and the country’s Vice President Joice Mujuru eat cake as they attend a rally marking Mugabe’s 88th birthday in Mutare on 25 February, 2012. Picture: AFP.

HARARE - Zimbabwe's Vice President Joice Mujuru has finally given her first public response to allegations of corruption levelled at her by President Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace.

In measured words, Mujuru says people shouldn't accuse her of crimes she didn't commit.

The vice president appears to be referring Grace, who's launched an astonishing series of attacks on the vice president in the last week.

Mujuru was speaking at a graduation party in her home area of Dotito.

Ironically she and the First Lady were both awarded PhDs from the University of Zimbabwe in September.

So far no one has raised questions about the vice president's doctorate, which was from the faculty of commerce.

In comments carried by today's _Standard _newspaper, the vice president said she wanted to unite Zimbabweans and praised Mugabe for encouraging her to study.

Zimbabwe's state-run Sunday Mail today is accusing Mujuru of working with the US to topple Mugabe.