President Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace, flew off to Singapore a day before a new wave of protests planned for Wednesday, according to fresh reports.
Grace was reportedly spotted at the OR Tambo airport in South Africa on the day one of the key leaders of the protests against President Robert Mugabe’s government, Evan Mawarire, was arrested and detained by police.
Mawarire, a preacher who has used his #ThisFlag campaign to mobilise Zimbabweans to demonstrate against a worsening economic crisis, corruption and poor governance, had his house and church searched yesterday.
George Charamba, the presidential spokesperson, said he was not aware of Grace’s whereabouts.
I don’t know about that…I am not at work,” said Charamba.
Grace was recently jittery at the protests that she likened to the 2011 Arab Springs that brought down unpopular regimes in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya.
Singapore has become a favourite destination for the Mugabe family.
Mugabe and his wife have spent long unbroken periods in the Far Eastern country where the president usually receives medical treatment for reported prostate cancer and eye problems.
Pop corn citizen protests recently spread through many urban centres as people demanded Mugabe’s immediate exit for failed leadership.
Activists have called for a second round of protests today.