The court case and accusations will focus attention once more on Zimbabwe’s opaque political elite, which is frequently accused of graft and incompetent economic management, and on the significant wealth of some individuals. suing a Zimbabwean newspaper over its reporting of claims released by WikiLeaks that she had made "tremendous profits" from the country's diamond mines. Grace was nineteen years old at the time. By New Zimbabwe. The first, commonly referred to as "Gracelands", was criticised for its extravagance. Critics of ZACC say the agency is conflicted because its head judge, Loice Matanda-Moyo, is the wife of Zimbabwe’s Foreign Minister Sibusiso Moyo, a top ally of … The vice-president was later treated in China and has since returned to Zimbabwe. In tonight’s edition:G5 Sahel leaders are to meet in France next year to discuss security cooperation. [6] She was expelled from the party, with other G40 members, during the 2017 Zimbabwean coup d'état. [36][37] Grace Mugabe is currently[when?] She then joined in the attack, punching Jones repeatedly in the face while wearing diamond encrusted rings, causing him cuts and abrasions. EX-South African President Jacob Zuma and former first lady Sizakele MaKhumalo Zuma, who is his wife number one are reportedly admitted to hospital after they tested positive for Covid-19. [59] On 30 July 2018, the South African High Court stripped Grace of her diplomatic immunity and allowed the case involving her assault against Engels to proceed. [32] A professor at the University of Hong Kong said Beijing was trying to stay out of the controversy. [26], In 2002, Grace Mugabe toured farm properties in Zimbabwe, looking for a new location for herself and her family. [21] The other faction, Lacoste, assumingly led by the Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa. Ultimately, the accusations against Mujuru resulted in her elimination as a candidate to succeed Mugabe and her effectively becoming an outcast within ZANU-PF by the time it held a party congress in December 2014.[19]. [13] It was later sold to Muammar Gaddafi of Libya. Legislators of the pro-democracy movement urged the Hong Kong government to study whether to follow international practice in barring certain foreign politicians as many people might be looking at buying properties, investments, or education in Hong Kong. [19] There have also been incidents abroad: The Times reported on 18 January 2009 that, while on a shopping trip in Hong Kong where her daughter Bona Mugabe was a university student,[51] Mugabe ordered her bodyguard to assault Sunday Times photographer Richard Jones outside her luxury hotel. [28] When Grace Mugabe was included in the 2002 sanctions, one EU parliamentarian said that the ban would "stop Grace Mugabe going on her shopping trips in the face of catastrophic poverty blighting the people of Zimbabwe". In 1997, she gave birth to the couple's third child, Chatunga Berlamine Mugabe. [22] Soon after Mnangagwa's remarks, President Robert Mugabe called a shock cabinet reshuffle in what many believe to be power-shifting exercise. [54], In August 2017, while visiting South Africa to treat an ankle injury, Grace is said to have assaulted a 20-year-old model, Gabriella Engels, and two friends, who were in the company of her two younger sons, Robert Jr. and Chatunga, at a hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg. [11][12], Whilst working as secretary to the president, Robert Mugabe, she became his mistress at a time when she was still married to Stanley Goreraza – and had two children, Bona born in 1988, named after Mugabe's mother, and Robert Peter Jr.[13]. During her tenure as first lady, Grace Mugabe oversaw the construction of two palaces. Cynthia Goba. The wife of Vice President Constantino Chiwenga was granted bail by Zimbabwe's High Court on Monday after spending three weeks in detention for allegedly trying to kill her husband. She served as the First Lady of Zimbabwe from 1996[3] until her husband's resignation in November 2017,[4] a week after he was ousted from power. [31] Spokesperson Jiang Yu from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China said she was not aware of the Mugabes' alleged house purchase in Hong Kong and would not comment further. The commission has pursued a series of high-profile figures in the last year, jailing several of them. Zimbabwe looks to future as President Emmerson Mnangagwa is sworn in According to reports, Mr Mugabe negotiated the exit package for himself and his 52-year-old wife … She graduated in 2011. [42] The awarding of the degree caused a backlash in the Zimbabwean academic community, with some commenting that this could harm the reputation of the university. Police documents allege that Merry Chiwenga travelled to South Africa with her seriously ill husband in June and attempted to prevent him from seeking medical attention until his security detail intervened. Constantino Chiwenga, who played a leading role in ousting Robert Mugabe in a military takeover in 2017, has a serious disease of the oesophagus, which has made eating difficult and has required months of hospital treatment. HARARE, Zimbabwe -- The wife of Zimbabwe’s vice president has been charged with attempting to kill her husband. [citation needed], In November 2017, Grace was instrumental in the firing of the then Vice-President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, after reprimanding him for causing divisions in Zanu PF. Many of the problems are a legacy of decades of mismanagement under Mugabe, who died in September. Robert Mugabe is best known for being a Black nationalist leader and the longtime ruler of Zimbabwe—first as prime minister (1980–87), then as president (1987–2017)—who was pressured by military and political powers to step down amid concerns that he was trying to position his wife… [16][17] Her mother Idah Marufu died on 31 August 2018, aged 84. [38], Grace Mugabe is known for her lavish lifestyle, and Western media has nicknamed her "Gucci Grace". Critics say the commission is highly politicised and its targets are all enemies of senior officials in the government of the president, Emmerson Mnangagwa. Millions of people there are reliant on food aid. His first wife, Jayne Matarise, was a cousin of ZANLA commander … 10 January 2021. [24], After observers from the European Union were barred from examining Zimbabwe's 2002 elections, the EU imposed sanctions on 20 members of the Zimbabwe leadership and then, in July, extended them to include Grace Mugabe and 51 others, banning them from travelling to participating countries and freezing any assets held there. Grace Mugabe later explained that she had paid for it with her own personal savings. ️ The wife of Zimbabwean Vice President Constantino Chiwenga was charged with trying to kill her husband when she appeared in court, Monday, December 16. The property had been acquired in June 2008 through a company controlled by Taiwanese-born South African businessman Hsieh Ping-sung for HK$40 million ($5.14 million) and transferred into his own name in 2010. 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On 24 August 2018. [15], Grace Mugabe enrolled as an undergraduate student at the School of Liberal Arts, Renmin University in China in 2007, studying the Chinese language. After the death of Mugabe's first wife, Sally Hayfron, the couple were married in an extravagant Catholic Mass (Robert Mugabe was a devout Catholic) titled the "Wedding of the Century" by the Zimbabwe press. Zimbabwe’s anti-corruption commission brought the fraud and money laundering charges against Merry Chiwenga. The construction was funded by the ZANU-PF party to thank Robert Mugabe for his political service. 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[27], The family owns property in Malaysia, and in early 2008, it was reported that Grace Mugabe hoped to move there with her children. It was later sold to Muammar Gaddafi of Libya. The feud between Grace Mugabe and Mnangagwa reached a tipping point in late September 2017, with both parties pointing fingers to each other on ZANU PF public gatherings. At the same time, she gained a reputation for privilege and extravagance during a period of economic turmoil in the country. Marry Chiwenga, a former model and wife of Vice-President Constantino Chiwenga, appeared at the Harare Magistrates Court on Monday where … [31] Lee Wing-tat said Beijing should be making the decision since this was a foreign affair. The spokesman for Zimbabwe's national parks and wildlife agency stated that Mugabe and senior members of her staff had forced parks' officials to sign export permits for ivory pieces during her husband's presidency. The rising prices have reminded many of the economic collapse just over a decade ago, when hyperinflation emptied shelves of basic foodstuffs and led the country to abandon its currency. [62], In 2017, Grace's Mazowe Citrus Estate took control of 60 percent of the Mazowe Dam. REVEREND Cossam Chiangwa, the president of one of the rival Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) church and his wife were a fortnight ago denied exit to Dubai, on suspicion that their paperwork was not in order, chiefly presentation of alleged fake Covid-19 certificates, Zim Morning Post can reveal. The 63-year-old former army chief is a controversial figure, blamed by many for recent waves of repression in the former British colony. Tawanda Mudimu/The Herald. Zimbabwe: President Mnangagwa's Wife and Son Fingered in Gold Smuggling Syndicate. [20] Since 2016, the first lady's involvement in ZANU-PF in-house politics has seen rumours pointing out that she is fronting one of the party's secretive factions, the G40 (Generation 40). [31] The Beijing central government dismissed the concerns, adding that Falun Gong members were allowed to buy properties in Hong Kong. Her doctoral thesis was not published in the university archive along with other graduates and she has faced calls to return her PhD. Many observers saw the move as a step toward the installation of Mugabe's wife, Grace Mugabe, as vice president. [58] After President Robert Mugabe got deposed by Emmerson Mnangagwa, Gabriella Engels posted a tweet vowing revenge on Grace Mugabe. Shortly thereafter, Grace expressed her intentions of taking up the Vice-Presidency post. On 19 November, Grace Mugabe and 20 of her associates were expelled from the ZANU-PF. HARARE, ZIMBABWE -- The wife of Zimbabwe's vice-president has been charged with attempting to kill her husband. 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