London, Oct 28 (ANI): Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe is set to fight the allegations that his wife Grace cheated on him.
Sources close to the president's camp say he is livid about the claims that his wife, who is 41 years his junior, had a five-year affair with Gideon Gono, one of his closest friends and the head of Zimbabwe's Reserve Bank, reports the Telegraph.
Mugabe was due to convene an emergency meeting with senior aides and Dr Gono yesterday and could take legal action to silence the rumours.The President's spokesman denied suggestions that Dr Gono had gone into hiding amid fears that his life might be in danger.
Meanwhile Grace is said to be "extremely upset" and has left Zimbabwe to stay at the family's mansion in Hong Kong, where their daughter Bona attends university.
She and Dr Gono, who is married, were alleged to have met up to three times a month at her farm, friends' houses or at hotels in South Africa and Malaysia, and to have intended to set up home together after Mugabe died.
Mugabe was said to have been "devastated" when he learnt of the allegations from his sister Sabina, shortly before she died three months ago.
Dr Gono could not be reached for comment, although staff in his office insisted he had turned up for work "as normal".
A source said to be close to the Mugabes and Dr Gono told the website New Zimbabwe that they were planning a joint fightback.
"There is a major meeting planned for Wednesday which will be attended by lawyers and advisers to the President and Gono," she said. (ANI)