I was the second wife — Grace Mugabe

via I was the second wife — Grace Mugabe 9 August 2014 by Everson Mushava

FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe on Thursday said President Robert Mugabe was once involved in a polygamous relationship.

Grace defended having an affair with the Zanu PF leader when his first wife Sally was still alive, saying she was customarily married to him.

Addressing party youths gathered at her orphanage in Mazowe to show their solidarity following her nomination to become the Women’s League boss, Grace lambasted the media for castigating her marriage to Mugabe.

In a no-holds-barred speech, a tough-talking Grace said she would never feel bad even if the media continued to vilify her marriage to Mugabe.

“It did not start today that a man marries two wives,” Grace said. “I will not feel bad about it. Let them write whatever they want.”

Grace, previously married to Stanley Goreraza, an Air Force pilot, officially married Mugabe in 1996.

Mugabe and Grace have three children — Bona, named after Mugabe’s mother, Robert Junior and Chatunga Bellarmine.

Bona was born when the late First Lady Sally was still alive but battling with a kidney problem.

Mugabe claimed in an interview with South African journalist Dali Tambo that Sally was aware of his relationship with his former secretary before she succumbed to kidney failure in 1992.

Grace said she had no regrets over her relationship with Mugabe, saying the Zanu PF leader was not unlike any other men, let alone a President, who has entered into a polygamous marriage.

“South African President Jacob Zuma has many wives. I admire him because he stands for what he wants,” Grace said.

The First Lady also said she had no regrets over acquiring vast tracts of land to produce and generate revenue to support orphans.

Grace said she had the right to own land where she wanted.

“People might say what they want about land. Yes, I took the land and I don’t have regrets at all for acquiring the land. I am a Zimbabwean. We are taking what is rightfully ours,” Grace said.

Grace owns vast tracts of land in Mazowe, where she has vast business interests. She seized about 870 hectares of land belonging to Mazowe Citrus Estates, owned by Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed Interfresh Holdings.

Recently, she was involved in a land row with close to 1 000 families at Manzou Game Park along Mazowe Dam, which she wanted to take over for her family.

Grace on Thursday hit out at Mazowe South MP Fortune Chasi (Zanu PF) for frustrating her efforts to acquire more land in Mashonaland Central province.

The youths, who endorsed Grace for her nomination to lead the powerful Women’s League, promised the First Lady their unwavering support.

Provincial youth chairpersons warned faction leaders that they would deal ruthlessly with those calling for Mugabe’s ouster.
Calling themselves “Talibans”, they assured Grace they would always be behind her.


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    Reverend 7 years ago

    So what you are saying disgrace is that you were married to two men at the same time and mugabe was married to his wife and another married woman at the same time!Then he let Sally die and you hopped into the bed next to him before the funeral…Nice one eh? Then you hubby was shunted off conveniently and your divorce was “fast tracked” and then a major millions on your wedding…Oh did you invite your ex? He should have been best man!
    You people are a sad case of absolutely disgusting and degradent.

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    benjamin runyowa 7 years ago

    Ndozvaida kuputsa dzimba dzevamwe nhasi ndivovodya vega vashe toda maboysky cottage edumari yenyuhaitengi !!!!

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    Petal 7 years ago

    what a degrading woman trying to cover up her tracks has anyone managed to get hold of the first husband? Carry on Marie Attoinette see how far it gets you

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    Angela Wigmore 7 years ago

    I wouldn’t be surprised if ”an accident” befalls her before long. I doubt she has many friends.

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    Tinomunamataishe 7 years ago

    This is a disgraceful attempt by Grace to sanitize an adulterous affair. No amount of screaming, hissing and screeching will make this look any better and Grace is better adviced to keep quiet.

    Grace should not try to confuse adultery with polygamy – the two are two totally different things and her relationship with Mugabe started as an illicit adulterous affair and that’s a fact.

    It is on public record that when Grace was married to Stanley Goreraza and living in Glen View she entered into an adulterous relationship with Mugabe at that time her boss. For a while this affair continued while both people were married. At that time Grace slept with both Mugabe and Gorereza and she cannot deny that.

    It was only later that Grace ended her marriage with Goreraza but she was already in another relationship. She did not stop her marriage with Goreraza first and then enter into a new relationship with Mugabe. That maybe would have been the right thing to do.

    Mugabe only paid lobola to the Marufu family when Grace became pregnant with Bona. It is at that point Grace can now claim polygamy and ‘second wife’ but let’s also remember that Mugabe’s marriage with Sally did not allow for polygamy – it was meant to be an exclusive relationship.

    From there as they say the rest is history. So let Grace not try to compare with Zuma or other people and no amount of sweet or angry talking will change anything – the facts are there for all to see. The media are only reporting issues that everybody else knows and it’s in the public interest that the media does that.

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    revenger-avenger 7 years ago

    A whore has many clients

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    John Thomas 7 years ago

    This vacuous bimbo is being made into a power in our land. I think it is time to start being worried. Hopefully she will be dumped as soon as her hubby pegs, but what if she is not?

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    Justice 7 years ago

    I can take what I want, says it all really. Imagine that disgrace at the helm of the so very successful government and economy. She will soon get her dues.

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    Mike Nyathi 7 years ago

    She will be fed to the wolves as soon as the Gukurahundist president drops dead

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    bruce koffe 7 years ago

    In the Bible there is also a woman by the name of Jezebel, married to Ahab the King of Israel. The curse on this woman was that she was much into fashion, painting her face and immoral dressing. Secondly she deceived Ahab into taking land that belonged to Naboth which belong to his father as inheritance after concluding that Ahab was a King who could deny him land. What a contrast. However her end was pathetic.

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    Madzibaba Ishmael 7 years ago

    Grace your relationship was an extra-marital affair. Nyika was burning whilst vanhu maive busy kutamba muma office. Mugabe was only legally married to Sally then. He himself said that akapihwa permission na Sally to have a girlfriend ( which is a doubt ). So Grace pliz shut it. You sing loudest about Tsvangirai having many girlfriends when he was a very eligible bachelor after the passing on of his wife yet you Grace was busy swinging your waist disturbing mukuru mafungiro muma office umu uri ka PA . Mudhara ndokukanganwa kuti mbeva dzepamusha makonzo. You are a disgrace and never an example that we can encourage kids to follow. Don’t try to hide behind an orphanage concept. You can not own the whole of Mazowe. Iron Mask, Ophanage farm, Gushungo Dairy farm, Mazowe estate farm, etc etc. Right now you work with the corrupt Chombo. You took over the vast tracts of land near Hellensvale shops plus the vast land along Hre drive from Borrowdale road towards Pomona. You took over a very healthy farm last year belonging to Mr Fox just next to Pomona baracks and since then you have been growing grass there. Uri kungotaimira kuzoita ma stands. Make no mistake about it . This will be reversed. Kleptocracy will not be tolerated . Enjoy it now.

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    Mseyamwa 7 years ago

    Thr woman or is it bi*ch needs lessons in diplomacy and etiquette.

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    I find Grace-less
    and a vacuous Bimbo as John Thomas aptly put it
    Unfit for any public office
    as uninspiring as a mushroom
    A disgrace to women
    and her morals lower than a frog’s bottom
    She is the common man’s answer to Grace Kelly.

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    WeMatongo 7 years ago

    somebody counted 12 men in the know of the gracious’ livid fruit sap. What an ungracious disgrace. better keep queit

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    Straight Shooter 7 years ago

    She is lying, they were not married during Sally’s time. She was just a concubine; she should admit it. Gukurahundi Mugabe fcuked her on a Secretary’s desk and in the process concieved Bona. She should leave Msholozi alone.

    Besides, she should know that, its her holier than thou attitude of attacking Tswangirayi’s womanising that led to a public debate on her own relationship with the gukurahundi, whilst Sally was ailing. As they say, people in glass houses should throw no stones!

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    Straight Shooter 7 years ago

    Its the three children who are actually suffering in all this.

    No child takes pleasure in having such a mother and father. Their past and present is just too dirty for the little impressionable minds!

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    Tjingababili 7 years ago


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    Codza 7 years ago

    Mrs (Dis)Grace Mugabe is ineeded a disgrace to the people of Zimbabwe especially those of ZANU( PF), surely Robert Mugabe should teach or should have tought her what diplomacy really is all about. If she is day dreaming that she is going to make it in the real political erena then she should try to reach political maturity, or its rather to let for to do that.
    Those who seem to support her are either doing it half heartedly or are been paid to do so. Hers is an already sinking ship.

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    Penga zvako Grace, enjoy madam its ur time no other chance will come on your way, make hay whilst the sun is shining Tsavangirai is still opening his zipper y.

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    frank Mari 7 years ago

    Ndozvinoita manyepo anobereka mamwe manyepo wopedzisira wav kufunga kuti zviri ryt coz panenge pasisina zvekuvhara nazvo

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    gonohori 7 years ago

    Hanzi Jezebel ayaz
    @Bruce Koffe

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    Patriotic 7 years ago

    I think it is better for her to to say anything. That way it shows dignity and people talk and will eventually keep quiet if you do the same.

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    Charles 5 years ago

    Her Daughter is following in the same footsteps being the second bride to her husband also.
    Apple – Tree
    mugabe probably paid some money to keep this info out of the media.

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    Joe Simu 3 years ago

    Very bad really to here that is what happened to her, my believe sally was better woman for Mugabe not this old wants to be come young looking through makeups. see now that she have left the country with the former president of Zimbabwe. just observe what will happen now.