I'm a modest queen: Grace

HARARE - First Lady Grace Mugabe yesterday described herself as a modest “queen” who has been reluctantly sucked into the ruling party’s vicious politics.

As she addressed hundreds of chiefs who visited her Mazowe orphanage to endorse her nomination as the incoming Women’s League boss yesterday, President Robert Mugabe’s wife sensationally claimed that her husband was the poorest president in the world.

Surrounded by chiefs looking resplendent in their flowing red gowns, Grace, who tied the knot with Mugabe in 1994, said though she was married to Zimbabwe’s president, she remains a villager at heart, who does not care much about fashion.

“I am a village girl but we are the queens of this country,” she said. “I came from you, and when I was chosen by Mugabe, I said, ‘God you have lifted me up and I want to use my position to uplift others.’ I did not choose to be here, it was God’s choice. Hupenyu hwangu hausi hwekupfeka bhutsu dzakanaka, hausi hwekupfeka hembe dzakanaka, ndewekupfeka ma gumboots (My life is not about wearing nice shoes, nice clothes, but wearing gumboots).”

The event at her orphanage, where she has taken under her wing 82 orphans, saw the first lady charming the invited chiefs, whom she invited in advance together with their spouses to her 50th birthday party next year.

Grace also told the chiefs that she personally led the invasion of Iron Mask farm, where the orphanage now stands.

“We agreed to grab this farm so as to lead by example,” she said. She added that despite being the First Lady, she preferred to drive herself. She did not state what type of car she drove.

Although the Mugabes own one of the biggest dairy companies in Zimbabwe, she said the first family owed financial institutions close to $20 million in loans.

She claimed  her husband was poor.

“We are blessed because we have Baba Mugabe, he is the poorest president. I have never seen him asking for money from anyone,” she said.

The world’s poorest president title is officially Uruguay’s President Jose Mujica, who lives in a ramshackle farm house and donates most of his earnings to the poor.

Heaping praises on Oppah Muchinguri, the outgoing Women’s League boss who relinquished her post to make way for her, Grace said she was ready to be a “monya” or bouncer.

Comments (15)

grace usatinyepere, butsu, lipstick nehembe ndozvako manje. brain dzehumonya(hwemupolitics) hwaunotaura hauna. its simply that yu leveraging on your old husband's position and political muscle and yu have merely been using your mazoe orphanage project to get into politics. but your old husband is gone ndipo pauchaona kuti kunze hakuna kumira mushe, mark my word

Kunyepa - 10 September 2014

Grace is so excited.Her outbursts are meaningless.This is more like a trigger happy idiot.There is just no way Mugabe can be the poorest president.Has Grace taken stock of each president's wealth?Has she become the secretary of all the presidents? SHAME,SHAME,SHAME ON YOU AMAI.

KUPERERWA - 10 September 2014

Who let the dogs out???? Whooo Whooo Whooo!!!! It wont be long before she starts addressing us as wanhu wangu like she did in headlands. naka tichadoserwa kumeso........

Takaz - 10 September 2014

In deed when it comes to getting good advice from colleagues and other well to do people, using acquired degrees to improve the nation and when it comes to having good friends to catch you when you fall, Mugabe IS the poorest President in the world. What's definately not true is one fashion crazy woman telling us she is a village girl who would swap her gucci shoes for gumboots. Does she really take us for fools? And she would like to have us believe she and her husband are poor, all this with a multi-million dollar milk processing plant which she personally owns!

Dr Know - 10 September 2014

lies .lies and lies Mugabe is the richest president in the world as we all know that he has bags and bags of money which are hidden somewhere is in Asia where he likes to go during his leave days . Smith left strong dollar where did it go ? By the way where did you get the money to build the orphan 's home . ? i would have agreed with you if you had said the president is only president with the poorest health on the earth due to very ,very. very . very .advanced age.

Diibulaanyika - 10 September 2014

I don't understand this notion of Oppah relinquishing her post to make way for Grace. Oppah is outgoing Secretary for Women League and that is an appointed post by Mugabe just like all other secretaries in the politburo. What is she relinquishing when her term of office is ending at the congress? Who said she was going to be reappointed to that post at the congress? Please report zvinhu objectively kwete kuti she is paving the way for Grace.

Dunga - 10 September 2014

Ummm a poor person can fly to London Harrods store to buy nuts (nzungu) musts vinyl muchidero Mai imi..don't insult our knowledge in this manner,a poor president who donates $100,000 plus a house to his daughter,a poor president who rides th latest car on earth, a poor president who boards a plane to go and see a general practitioner to look a t his eyes in Singapore which is about 8457.97km need I go further?Please musaita jema newadya..u are also insulting us that I take pride in not paying your bills

Nhemadziripano - 11 September 2014

I thought by now you people have learnt a lesson that insults will never make your party win an election? Surely why are insulting our First Lady? She never talked of your in grave party. Hamunyari kungotuka just for the sake of it. Minus 400000 votes from your party come 2018. PASI NEMASANCTIONS!!!!!

Takeitseasy Marcaves - 11 September 2014

No one ever insulted the 'FIRST LADY,'but she unwittingly called certain comments upon herself by telling lies.''PASI NEVANONYEPERA MASANCTIONS PAKUTADZA KWAVO.'' The blindly blamed sanctions have absolutely nothing to do with ZANU PF's destruction of our economy..

MUSANYEPE - 11 September 2014

Vaivengera Grace kugona. Zvino avekunyanya. After 20 years in State House don't underestimate her.

candid - 11 September 2014

that lady is confused. she just open her mouth without thinking

bhoramusango - 11 September 2014

poor on votes

mazi - 11 September 2014

Yatove monarchy ka iyi, takungoona the word 'Queen' being thrown around. It's very unfortunate for our first lady, she is indulging in politics oblivious to the fact that (African politics) it's a very dirty game which can result in the loss of lives.

Ba Tunde - 11 September 2014

asi hamuna kuzvarwa ba grace watambudza vana mai vedu uyo ngaadye anyerere for now tichaona kwazvinoperera

asi chii - 11 September 2014

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