Any name that goes with “Mugabe” is a household name at least in Zimbabwe. Grace is one of those. Grace Mugabe is the current First Lady of Zimbabwe.
The 51 year old woman was born on July 23 1965, in Benoni, Johannesburg, South Africa. Before her marriages, she was named as Grace Ntombizodwa Marufu.
The Marufus hail from Chivu in Mashonaland East province.
Background information confirms that Zimbabwe’s First Lady was not born with a silver spoon in her mouth. She had a history of hawking at a younger age.
You know what they say about Africans and child naming. It is believed that your name sharpens your destiny. Perhaps Grace went with the motto, hence grace took her from her rural environment to her Graceland paradise.
Grace Mugabe offered a secretarial course which helped her secure a job at the President’s Office in 1980. Who knew that was the beginning of her major personality transformation.
At the time, Grace was married to Stanley Goreraza, a Zimbabwean air force pilot. Together both had a son and lived a quiet and contented life…until Mugabe came into the picture.
Perhaps it is not just a stereotype that dictators have a history of coveting people’s wives, often from the lower classes. Mugabe and Grace reportedly had an affair while both were married to their spouses. She officially became Mugabe’s mistress.
And just like the famous David’s story in the Bible, Stanley Goreraza was officially posted away in China and now currently works as a military attaché in India.
Grace’s transformation is one of the stunning facts about her. For one, records have shown that Grace – who used to be of a humble background – has now become famous for her lavish lifestyle.
She has featured in a controversial report in which she physically assaulted a journalist with her bodyguard.
Who gets a PhD degree in just 3 months? Grace Mugabe. Academicians have slammed her for this.
After the death of Mugabe’s first wife, Grace legally became a Mugabe. Back then she was almost certain she would not have any business with politics. Now, the case is completely different.
Grace Mugabe is now a force to reckon with in Zimbabwean politics. She has even taken steps and called shots that the ruling party itself finds interfering. Her political tussle with Joyce Mujuru will not be forgotten in Zimbabwe’s political history.
Many actually speculate that she might succeed Mugabe, though Mugabe claims it is unlikely.
“Where has it ever happened that a wife becomes a successor?”
Mugabe may have said that but her political presence and activities cannot be mistaken for what it clearly points to. Imagine what the profile would sound like, from Chivu to Gracelands and then to Presidency.
Whatever happens, time will tell. Grace Mugabe is a mother of 4 and a grandmother of 1.