Grace Mugabe has so far evaded scrutiny from the government for suspected misuse of public money as she continues to mourn the death of late husband and former Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe.
After nearly four decades of divisive rule Robert Mugabe died in Singapore following a lengthy spell with illness. His body was repatriated this week to be buried in his home town in the Zvimba District, as his family rejected plans proposed by the government to lay the former President to rest in a national monument in capital Harare. Now the former President has passed away at the age of 95, questions are being asked about the wealth acquired by the Mugabe estate. Over Mugabe’s time as leader, the country’s economy has wilted leaving many in poverty lacking good public services and basic living needs.
Meanwhile, wife Grace developed a reputation for splashing cash on extravagant clothes, holidays cars and living quarters, earning her nicknames such as ‘Gucci Grace’ and ‘Dis-Grace’.
Grace has been behind projects such as the Gracelands Palace which she claimed was funded by her personal savings, another which was paid for by the state and has acquired property in Hong Kong.
She is currently suing a Zimbabwean newspaper after it reported claims by WikiLeaks that she had made ‘tremendous profits’ from diamond mines in Zimbabwe.
In December 2018, an arrest warrant was issued by South Africa after Grace allegedly assaulted model Gabriella Engels in Johannesburg.
An extradition agreement had reportedly been agreed but current President Mnangagwa has not addressed the issue.
In Hong Kong she reportedly ordered her bodyguard to beat up a Sunday Times photographer and then joined in with the attack, but was granted immunity from prosecution due to her status.
Now Grace is benefitting from Mnangagwa’s leniency as suspicions grow over the Mugabe’s wealth.
She is alleged to have assets of up to $1billion, and with her husband widely suspected of having used public funds to cover her bills.
The pair were not pursued after Mugabe was toppled in 2017, with president Emmerson Mnangagwa hoping to retain voters who remained loyal to the ousted president.
Speaking at the Mugabe family home, Mnangagwa said he had asked for a one-on-one meeting with Grace to “discuss some issues”, but added: “We had let bygones be bygones.
“You [Mrs. Mugabe] have the full support of the government. Nothing will change.”
Mnangagwa and Grace have history from their hostile contest for presidency in 2017
The current President Mnangagwa fled the country during the 2017 elections as both threw threatening rhetoric in each others’ direction.
For now though, they seem to have reached an amicable relationship, with Mnangagwa protecting Grace from the flames of her unpopularity.
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Comedian Tumi Morake, like many of us, has been left shocked and angry at reports of femicide in South Africa over the last two weeks and has called for men to take more action in addressing the scourge. On Monday the nation mourned the death of student Natasha Conabeer, who was found on Saturday after she went missing three weeks ago.
A family spokesperson confirmed the 23-year-old had died in hospital but was unable to comment further. continue reading