Grace pales into insignificance 

Source: Grace pales into insignificance – DailyNews Live

Bridget Mananavire      28 July 2018

HARARE – At the height of her husband’s rule, former first lady Grace
Mugabe would make sure that the world knows about her birthday.

Live television coverage and floods of newspaper adverts captured the
biggest day in the life of a woman whose political influence in the last
years of her husband’s tenure shook the political foundations as was her
polarising figure.

Times have changed.

This week Grace quietly celebrated her 53rd birthday away from the public
glare as Zimbabweans, who have moved on from her husband’s ill-fated
reign, prepared to go and vote.

On July 23 Grace celebrated her birthday quietly.

She only received warm wishes from her family, particularly her son Robert
Junior who took to his social media page to celebrate his mother’s

“Only God loves me the way you do. Happy Birthday,” wrote Robert Jnr on
his Instagram page accompanied by a picture of Grace in Singapore.

In the picture, Grace was wearing training gear, supposedly taking a break
from a morning run, and compliments were that she does not look her age.

Had it been that Mugabe was still ruling, by the time Grace turned 53,
State enterprises and the public media would have ran glowing tributes
through full colour adverts.

Grace and her husband have openly disclosed their bitterness with
President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his administration.

This is as a result of the military intervention code-named Operation
Restore Legacy which in November last year, triggered a chain of events
which ended with the curtain falling on Mugabe, when he resigned moments
after Parliament had started damaging proceedings to impeach him.

The operation also saw the nonagenarian and Grace being placed under house
arrest, while several Cabinet ministers linked to the Generation 40
faction – which had coalesced around the Mugabes – were also targeted.

The annihilated G40 was, before the military intervention, locked in a
bitter war with Mnangagwa and his supporters for the control of both Zanu
PF and the country
While Grace liked to celebrate her birthdays in posh style, current First
Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa is different.

This year she stopped companies and the media from running adverts
celebrating her birthday.