Zimbabwean First Lady says VP’s poisoning claims baseless


HARARE, Oct. 9– Zimbabwean First Lady Grace Mugabe Friday
described the claims that Vice President (VP) Emmerson Mnangagwa was
poisoned as baseless and accused the VP of trying to garner sympathy.

Mnangagwa fell sick and had a severe bout of vomiting and diarrhea while
attending a rally being addressed by President Robert Mugabe in the
southern town of Gwanda in August. He was immediately airlifted to the town
of Gweru for treatment and then to Harare before subsequently being flown
to South Africa the next day for treatment. Mnangagwa’s illness promoted
speculation that he had been poisoned after eating ice cream from a dairy
farm owned by the First Family.Though Mnangagwa has refuted the ice cream
allegations by saying he did not eat ice cream from the dairy, he
reportedly made the remarks that he was poisoned. – XINHUA