Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has told the African Union (AU) that his wife, Grace Mugabe, is being harassed and “cries daily”.
The announcement comes three months after Mugabe was forced to step down in the wake of a military takeover.
Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union was reportedly told by Mugabe, during a courtesy call that he made to the Mugabe’s mansion, that Zimbabwe’s former president did not feel safe.
“They told you I was safe, but how can I be in this environment?” Mugabe is believed to have told Faki, who is chairperson of the AU commission.
“My wife is crying daily. They are persecuting her… What am I without my wife and family? We are not safe,” the Zimbabwe Independent quoted Mugabe as saying, citing “detailed notes” supplied by officials who attended the meeting.
Mugabe told sources that his wife was being harassed over her PhD from the University of Zimbabwe, with which UoZ Vice Chancellor Levi Nyagura was arrested for in awarding the degree in 2014. Critics have said that her thesis is “nowhere near PhD standard”.
Also in the leaked notes that local media acquired, Mugabe told Faki that Mnangagwa’s appointment as president was illegal, and appealed to the AU to help “restore democracy in the country”.
“We want you to assist to restore normalcy and democracy in the country and stop this thing of ruling through guns,” he reportedly said during the phone call.
In other reports, Mugabe has apparently demanded his pension and retirement benefits.