Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai yesterday hit back at First Lady Grace Mugabe after she railed against his sexual proclivities, with the MDC leader describing her as a property and PhD grabber.

Grace on Thursday blasted Tsvangirai at a rally in Chinhoyi, describing the former trade unionist as "satanic" and a "womaniser."

But Tsvangirai's spokesperson, Luke Tamborinyoka, said Grace should first ask her husband, President Robert Mugabe, to explain the Gukurahundi massacres of the 1980s, before she starts hurling insults at him.

Referring to a prophecy delivered by charismatic preachers Emmanuel Makandiwa and backed by Walter Magaya warning against planned MDC demonstrations, Grace said Tsvangirai's defiance to warnings by men of the cloth was a clear sign that he belongs to Satan.

But yesterday the former prime minister said Zimbabweans have a constitutional right to demonstrate against "misrule" by Grace's husband.

"The problem with Grace is that she is not aware that Zimbabweans are suffering," Tamborinyoka said.

"Not every Zimbabwean can act with impunity as she does. Not every Zimbabwean can grab the whole of Mazowe and grab a degree at the University of Zimbabwe and get away with that."

Mugabe's wife has hogged the limelight in the past weeks after sensationally acquiring a PhD at the UZ in what critics have called "dubious" and "questionable circumstances."

Apart from stirring the hornet's nest through her controversial academic achievements, Grace's mercurial rise in politics has also caused a lot of discomfort in the ruling party after the party's rules and regulations were bent to accommodate her as the incoming Women's League secretary.

Reacting to her assertions that anyone who goes against celebrity preachers' warnings against mass action was "demonic", Tsvangirai said Zimbabweans were free to express themselves as guaranteed in the constitution.

"There is nothing demonic in expressing ourselves because not all of us are masters at grabbing things," Tamborinyoka said.

"She should tell her husband that what is demonic is the massacre of  20 000 people in Matabeleland provinces. She must tell her husband that what is demonic is to have a child with your secretary while your wife is lying on her deathbed."





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