Ex-PM savages Grace's lavish bash

HONDE VALLEY - First Lady Grace Mugabe’s lavish 50th birthday bash at the First Family’s huge mansion in Harare last night has come under severe attack from opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai — who urged the nation not to “waste time and money talking about her non-event” birthday.

Responding to the chairperson of the MDC Women’s Assembly Lynette Karenyi-Kore’s question regarding “the decency of investing hundreds of thousands in the birthday bash” — amid worsening poverty levels in the country, Tsvangirai said Grace was “irrelevant” and discussing her was “a waste of time”.

“Mai Kore musapa Grace zvaasingakwanisi. Musasimudzira Grace zvaasingafaniri nekuti uya as long as iye achidya achiguta haaneyi nezvimwe zvese izvi. So hatitauri nemunhu anongotarira kwaari chete. Tinotanga tatarira kuti urikuisa nyika nevanhu pamberi here. (Let’s not waste time talking about Grace. She is a selfish woman. We need to discuss serious people.)

Grace, a former typist in Mugabe’s office — who had her first child, Bona, with the nonagenarian while his late first wife, Sally, was bedridden with kidney problems — is known for her expensive penchant for glitz and glamour.

She has often been heavily criticised for going on expensive overseas shopping sprees. It was claimed in 2003 that she had spent an astonishing $120 000 during one such trip to the French capital Paris.

Hundreds of guests attended Grace’s extravagant birthday dinner and each had to cough up a whopping $2 000 for a seat.

However, the chairperson of the committee organising Grace’s bash, Rodney Dangarembizi, defended the event — arguing that it was meant to raise funds for charity.

Social and political analysts earlier this week told the Daily News on Sunday’s sister paper, the Daily News, that Grace’s penchant for the finer things in life was embarrassing and “a disgrace” — the latter a play on her name.

Academic Ibbo Mandaza blamed Mugabe for the birthday extravagance, saying it started with the nonagenarian spoiling himself courtesy of a lavish 91st birthday bash in Victoria Falls that was hosted by the 21st February Movement earlier this year.

Human rights activist Dewa Mavhinga described the lavish birthday bash as “an insult to the suffering millions in Zimbabwe who are wallowing in poverty”.

“It also shows just how out of touch with reality the ruling elite have become and this does not augur well for a bright future for the country,” Mavhinga said.

Comments (6)

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Blessing - 27 July 2015

atsvangirai vakango fanana wo na grace. vese vanoda prezha ne kuunganidza mari pavari. its the same with him. power hungry, undemocratic and a handiende type.

zvirozviyedzwa - 27 July 2015

ZVIRO why do you want Tsvangirai to stop now after all this time fighting and he still feels fit and strong to continue ? besides he is still young and mature enough to lead zimbabwe unlike your fall guy.even just by looking at TSVANGIRAI YOU CAN SIMPLY SEE KUTI PANE MKONO ,MBARANDA NOT SICK STUFF .VIVA MORGAN

MATANDA - 27 July 2015

Mr Tsvangirai, this is a case of the pot calling the pan black! What do we call paying off a woman $300 000.00 in a divorce case - thrifty spending!?

Lance - 28 July 2015

EVo evo amazimba amahle!

dr sta - 28 July 2015

@matanda, when it is time to stop one has to stop. mdc is meant to be a democratic party. in a democracy leadership changes hands. morgan's turn to pass the baton was 2014. he refused and manipulated the constitution just like all dictators do. thats how he got to overstay. its not about energy. its how democracy works. there are many capable people waiting to take up the fight to the next level.

zvirozviyedzwa - 29 July 2015

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