harare/london - The political role of the Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife, Grace Marufu, seems to be playing when soldiers set aside the 93-year-old president. The 52-year-old Grace seemed to be the leader in the country of disobedience as future deputy of her ruling spouse since 1980.
She taught Mugabe to be a typist in the government center. They got a relationship when they were still married, Mugabe with his then-deadly wife Sally Hayfron (1931-1992). They eventually married in 1996 and have three children.
In 2014, the ambitious Grace received a doctorate from the University of Zimbabwe and a top function within the ZANU-PF government party. In that year, according to observers, she also resigned from the resignation of former vice president Joice Mujuru. That was suddenly replaced by Mugabe by his loyal hanger Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Grace claimed in recent years that her husband could still reign for a long time and, if necessary, be rescued as a body. But with a 93-year-old sleepy head of state on her side, the follow-up issue seemed to be acute. This year, she started calling for the resignation of Mnangagwa, which, in her opinion, also survived an attempted poison killings. Earlier this month, the couple put Vice-President Mnangagwa to the side. Grace would follow him in December.
But it has become a bridge too far for the South African woman who politically pursued her husband's wake and smashed government money. Her shopping habits and preferences for luxury items brought her nicknames as The First Shopper, Gucci Grace and DisGrace.
Grace, for example, put down two palaces in Harare. Her money would have authorized her, among other things, by diamond mining in the east of the country and strong grips in the state treasury. However, financially, she does not seem to be disabled. In addition to Zimbabwe, the married couple Mugabe has real estate and businesses in South Africa, Malaysia and Hong Kong, allegedly living their daughter, Bona.