‘Gucci Grace’ claims Mugabe a poor man

via ‘Gucci Grace’ claims Mugabe a poor man 9 September 2014

CONTRARY to western media claims that President Robert Mugabe is a billionaire, having creamed off the country’s coffers over the 34 years he has led Zimbabwe, the 90-year-old is actually the world’s poorest leader, his wife has said.

“Mugabe is the poorest president the world over,” Grace Mugabe told traditional chiefs gathered to show their support for her political ambitions at the First Lady’s multi-million dollar compound in Mazowe Tuesday.

Diplomatic cables released by whistle-blower syndicate WikiLeaks claimed the United States had discussed ways of seizing Mugabe’s fortune which is said to be in excess of US$1 billion and allegedly deployed in various bank accounts and assets held abroad.

But the Zimbabwean leader challenged the West to prove he has any money hidden outside the country, adding they can donate to charity every penny they manage to find.

However, the Zanu PF leader recently went to court claiming ownership of a US$5 million Hong Kong home he initially claimed to have rented for use by his daughter, Bona, while she was studying on the territory.

In Harare, the First Family now live in a private Borrowdale mansion, venue for Bona’s wedding this year on which Mugabe reportedly spent US$5 million.

The palatial residency is so fiercely guarded from prying eyes that photographers at the wedding were ordered to focus their lenses only on the wedding party and not the venue.

In an interview with British broadcaster Sky, Mugabe conceded that the house was profligate, adding that “It is lavish because it’s attractive.”

He claimed the property was a retirement home, gifted to him by Zanu PF out of gratitude for leading the country. Funding had come from the party, he added, as well as friends such as former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad.

But the late University of Zimbabwe political scientist and critic of Mugabe, John Makumbe, was scathing, saying the Zanu PF leader had demonstrated “insensitivity to the plight of the people he leads … He is happy to live like a monarch while the rest of the country is mired in poverty.”

On Tuesday Grace Mugabe also revealed she has splashed over US$7 million on the Mazowe compound where she established an orphanage and also built up to 30 upmarket villas.

Even so, the First Lady, who is ridiculed globally as ‘Gucci Grace’ or ‘Dis-Grace’ for her alleged extravagant spending habits, insisted her husband was the world’s poorest president.

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

Early this year state media revealed that Mugabe’s salary was also the lowest for any head of state and/or government in southern Africa.

“I am earning US$4,000 just now, because of the hard times this is what we decided on, that we should recognise the hard times at the moment,” Mugabe was reported as saying.

The Zanu PF leader however, recently donated tonnes of grain and ordered the slaughter of 30 beasts from his private stocks to feed youths said to have been starving at a Zanu PF conference in Harare.

Years back, his wife was also accused of looting a low-cost housing scheme for civil servants to build a three-storey mansion in Harare’s Borrowdale area which was dubbed Gracelands for its extravagance.

The house was later sold to the Libyan embassy for about $3 million, part of which Grace reportedly used to build another rambling country mansion at her Chivhu rural home.

The First Lady has also attracted criticism for her acquisition of farms in the Mazowe area.

But on Tuesday she defended the seizures saying it was her duty to lead by example.

Defending Mazowe farm seizure

“We agreed to grab this (Iron Mask Farm) so as to lead by example,” she said

The Mugabes also own what is thought to be one of the largest integrated dairy enterprises in southern Africa but Grace said the investments were backed by bank loans she claimed now total $20 million.

And despite claiming her husband was poor compared to other leaders, Grace announced plans to build a hospital, a multi-purpose hall and the Robert Mugabe University.

Regarding the houses at her Mazowe compound, Grace quipped: “To be honest, I will never go and learn in this school; neither will I stay in these houses.

“What I am doing is I am doing it for future generations and the rest of Zimbabwe.”

She was a simple country girl using her good fortune of marrying a president to improve the plight of impoverished Zimbabweans, she added.

“I am a village girl but we are the queens of this country. 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 lift others,’” she said.

“I did not choose to be here, it was God’s choice. Hupenyu hwangu hahusi hwekupfeka bhutsu dzakanaka, hausi hwekupfeka hembe dzakanaka, ndewekupfeka magumboots (my life is not about showing off, I am a humble person).”

And on seeking to join the Zanu PF politburo she explained: “I never said I wanted to join politics.

“I never had that in mind but recently people came and asked me to join, saka ini ndiri monya for hire. I told the youths that anytime ndiripo. I thank you for supporting me but mostly I would like to thank Mai Muchinguri because to offload something it is very difficult.”

COMMENTS

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    It is amazing what deception does. When you constantly lie eventually that lie becomes real and you begin to believe it. You believe your lie. And Jesus said that the father of all lies is the devil and that liars will NOT inherit the kingdom of heaven. It is hell that awaits for the unrepentant liar. It will be better to repent and be saved for what does it profit a man he gains the whole world and lose his soul. We all know of the riches of the so called ‘first family’ and if we know about them God most certainly knows too and He knows every jot and detail of how they were gained. A house built on ill gotten gains and on trampling the heads of the poor will NOT stand. Let him who has ears hear!

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      Parangeta 8 years ago

      Amai m’Garbage –

      “Make the lie big,
      make it simple,
      keep saying it,
      eventually, they
      WILL believe it”.

      Adolf Hitler

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    Wikipedia the story of Lan Ping / Jiang Qing / Madame Mao and you will see the similarities here.

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    A man who afford a $10M (thats probably a very conservative figure and owns all those million dollar houses dotted around the country)wedding feast for his daughter can in no way be described as poor. It’s an insult to poor people who cannot feed or clothe their children let alone send them to school. Grace needs to shut her mouth and stop with these utterances.Everytime she opens her gob diarrhoea spews out.

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    The Mind Boggles 8 years ago

    Apologies NBS but your religious drivel holds no sway with me , where is a just god who allows this kind of blatant theft and disregard for all mankind and FYI he’s been absent for centuries not just in the last 20 years of Zim. Call him to the front now or shut it.

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      I don’t mind your comments Mind boggles and thank you for your apology. That makes you a special person. many cannot apologise. I am a deep believer in Jesus Christ and so I will make no apologies for my comments and quoted scriptures. I think it was doc do little that said it is good the forum has different views where we can debate and share. Zimbabwe needs unity of purpose and a love and respect for each other. We may not agree on the ‘religious’ (True Christianity is a personal relationship with God) matter but I take it you are still a Zimbo and want the same good for our nation that I do.

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        I forgot to add that we cannot blame God for our sin. And that is what the bible deals with. God’s answer to our sin. There is a way out of all this destruction and grief in Zimbabwe but we are simply rejecting God’s answer. Christ Jesus our Saviour. We bring the grief upon our selves. We are reaping what we have sown. God told us that the wages of sin is death and that is what we have chosen in Zimbabwe. We need to repent! Simple!

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          Parangeta 8 years ago

          God and North Korea.

          “What we have here, and picked from no mean source,
          is a distillation of precisely what is twisted
          and immoral in the faith mentality:
          its essential fanaticism, its consideration of
          the human being as raw material,
          and its fantasy of purity.

          Once you assume a Creator and a plan,
          it makes us objects in a cruel
          experiment whereby we are created
          sick and then commanded to be well.
          And over us to supervise this is installed
          a celestial dictatorship, a kind of divine North Korea:
          greedy for uncritical praise from dawn till dusk,
          and swift to punish the original sins with
          which it so tenderly gifted us in the very first place.

          However, let no one say there’s no cure.
          Salvation is offered; redemption, indeed, is promised …
          at the low price of the surrender of your critical faculties.

          You are watched day and night, even when you sleep,
          and God forbid your thoughts are not pure.
          At least you can be rid of North Korea’s dictatorship
          when you die, but Oh! no –

          The Celestial Dictator just starts the punishment
          at this stage, you are in for it, and had better be ready,
          even After Death”.

          Christopher Hitchens 1949-2013.

          NBS – consider what you wish for, you might just get it!

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    tapiwa 8 years ago

    the issue here is that Grace believes she can say whatever she wants and is deluded in believing that everyone is supposed to believe her. unfortunately some gullible individuals do believe her but the truth is that Mugabe and family are rich even by world standards.

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    Petal 8 years ago

    ho ho ho ho Disgrae thinks she can pull the wool over the ordinary peoples eyes

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    tawanda 8 years ago

    People like that shouldn’t say “To be honest..”

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    Doris 8 years ago

    Cobblers! That shows just how lacking in any form of common sense this b….h. has. Rip off the Rolex, gold and diamond jewelry. Get rid of Alpha Omega, Mazoe, etc etc. Really?

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    Rwendo 8 years ago

    So far this is par for the course. And she is still warming up. Remember this is the woman whose idea of wit was to call the MDC the “Movement for Dogs and Cats”. A woman who announced she was “disconsolate” when Princess Diana died. It would be more newsworthy if she said something wise, true or endearing.

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    John Thomas 8 years ago

    Good one Grace now pull the other

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    Yeh. Pigs fly. It will all be reclaimed by mobjustice

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    Michael Saruchera 8 years ago

    Who needs a circus when Grace is in Town.

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    Mscynic 8 years ago

    Common practice to hide behind companies and trusts. But good forensic investigators are capable of unearthing the truth. Like Simon Wisenthal with Nazi wealth. Someone out there knows.

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    Tjingababili 8 years ago

    RUBBISH, DIS GRACE!

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      DIS GUCCI Grace reminds me of marie attoinete the extravagant french wife of louis 16th who brought a very serious economic and financial decline to france in the 1780s..i guess history repeats itself

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    Nyati 8 years ago

    Mr Gobbles you are becoming just like Mugabe. Your intolerance towards scripture is sad.
    allow NBS to write his mind. We love this forum for providing just that…… freedom of expression.!!!

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      @Nyati it is sad when some ones contribution is rubbished. I for one enjoy reading from NBS. NBS you have to carry on. When people ask you to stop then you are hitting a nerve. As a debate it is ok when people disagree, but one should never try to dilute a forum like this with a YES SIR NO SIR THREE BAGS FULL SIR mentality and use it purely as a protest setup. Different opinions are what make good ideas.

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        WE will carry on Doc. you and me and all the others on this forum who really care. I love the different characters. It is what makes up the rich tapestry of life. If we were to sing from the same song sheet we would all sound like a controlled and zombie like ZPF

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    Mlimo 8 years ago

    The only thing bob is poor in is honesty truth and decency. He is amass murderer of Zimbabwean people lies daily an extreme racist that would shame Verwoed dishonest thief corrupt shameful and a terrorist. There really is no space for him on this planet. In years to come he will not be noted for anything other than ruining a decent small country . We will tear down his image and destroy his grave. He will never rest in peace in Zimbabwe.

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    Justice 8 years ago

    Does disgrace really believe that anyone believes anything that comes out of her gucci lips?

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    bruce koffe 8 years ago

    the same spirit mediums must be dumb to believe that Mugabe is poorest president on earth, where would he get the millions to buy the properties, investments like gushungo holding and the lavish wedding party for the daughter. he donated such huge number of cattle when the same president is poor. remember some people in Zimbabwe due to his misrule can not even afford to own a hen and cock at their grass thatched hunts dotted all over the country in the name of resettlement

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    petros 8 years ago

    I want to believe its true that he is indeed the world’s poorest president. He doesnt have a private jet, no holiday home and is the least paid president.

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      Parangeta 8 years ago

      He has the decrepit Air Zimbabwe jets,
      the $7 million retirement home, the
      $5 million Zhing-Zhong home, and doesn’t
      need a salary, he steals what he needs and wants!

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    Johno 8 years ago

    A poor man who can afford a multi-million dollar wedding for his daughter. I wish I was poor!