24 September, 2020

By Mugabe's Grace

What will be the political implications of the President's marriage?

By Mugabe's Grace
outlookindia.com
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THERE'S a new power behind the throne in Zimbabwe: Grace Marufu. At a lavish wedding ceremony which went on all weekend of August 17-18, ident Robert Mugabe's former secretary introduced to the Zimbabwean people his wife. No doubt, the wedding bash be talked about for years, but right now ple are more interested in the political ence 31-year-old Marufu could wield in this southern African state, directly and through her new husband.

That she could be a power to reckon with is obvious from the fact that the ruling ZANU-PF sponsored a series of advertisements, describing Marufu as "the great one we have all been waiting for". And while, the new first lady, who is 41 years younger than the president, has no political experience, government officials say privately that during her 10-year relationship with Mugabe, she used to order officers to do her bidding.

Marufu has refused to comment on these charges but Mugabe over the wedding weekend accused some local newspapers of trying to destroy their marriage. Grace Mugabe told Zimbabwe...

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