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Mugabe defends his Grace: 'Leave my wife alone'

Among the many things Robert Mugabe spoke about at a pre-election public address is the treatment his wife has and continues to receive.

Robert Mugabe addresses members of the press at his home Blue House in Harare, Zimbabwe, a day before the polls. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has lashed those who 'vilify' his wife, Grace Mugabe, telling them to leave her alone.

Mugabe was giving a public address at his Blue Roof Residence in Harare on the eve of the Zimbabwean elections tomorrow.

Among the many things he spoke about is the treatment his wife has and continues to receive.

“I don’t accept the vilification of my wife. They attack her through newspapers. Leave my wife alone, I want Grace to remain my Grace." he says

While Mugabe delivered his address, Grace kept reminding him to sit up, speak up, lean forward. and even slid him a note while he spoke.

Grace Mugabe has always been a controversial figure, making headlines around the world for her expensive taste in clothing, shopping sprees and public utterances.

Late last year, Mugabe was accused of assaulting a young South African model, Gabriella Engels, after finding her in a Sandton hotel room with her two sons.

Mugabe was granted diplomatic immunity after being summoned to appear in court for the assault.

In February, the University of Zimbabwe controversially awarded her a PhD based on a thesis on orphanages she allegedly wrote.

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