Benoni born Grace Mugabe to host 50th birthday bash amidst speculation over political future

Benoni born Grace Mugabe to host 50th birthday bash amidst speculation over political future

Harare – A HUGE party is being planned to mark Zim First Lady Grace Mugabe’s 50th birthday, who was born on July 23, five months after a lavish birthday bash was held to celebrate her husband’s 91st birthday.

Organisers are asking sponsors to “celebrate this important milestone” in the First Lady’s life by making “generous cash donations” towards the Amai (Mother) Grace Mugabe Jubilee.

“Well wishers are invited to kindly donate in cash or kind towards any of [the]Charity organisations which Amai patronises,” said an advert published in Friday’s media in Zim.

Grace is quickly becoming a force to reckon with in Zimbabwe’s political landscape and speculation is rife that she is quite a strong and powerful contender to succeed her husband.Borrowdale Brook suburb on July 25. Her actual birthday is this week on Thursday.

Grace Marufu was born in Benoni, SA in 1965 and l ike many Zimbabweans, her parents had crossed the border to look for jobs . Her father, Johnston Marufu, worked in Johannesburg for several years.

Grace, the youngest of five children, was five years old when her family left SA in 1970.

Since Mugabe(President) came out to wed Grace publicly in1996, she largely stayed out of the limelight, appearing as acquiescent, an adornment, mother of the president’s children. No one, until now, considered that she might have political ambitions.

But late last year, the world met a new Grace Mugabe. Suddenly, without warning, she transformed from smiling president’s wife to political player in her own right, displaying even vicious tendencies.

In early December, she was elevated to a senior role in Zanu-PF as the boss of the women’s league.

She then embarked on a national promotional trip, nicknamed the “Graceland tour”, flying across the country to attend a series of rallies, where she delivered tirades against her husband’s perceived enemies, namely the deposed Joice Mujuru.

At one of the rallies, Grace made her agenda clear. She declared: “They say I want to be president. Why not? Am I not a Zimbabwean?”

Independent press reports suggest she is backed by a group of relatively young and extremely wealthy politicians dubbed the “Generation 40”, that is seeking to position

themselves to take over from President Robert Mugabe.

According to Friday’s advertisement, the birthday party will be held at the Mugabe’s mansion, known locally as the “Blue Roof Residence”, in Harare’s wealthy
Major sponsors of Grace’s jubilee will get a seat at the first lady’s table and advertising at the event.

In February Mugabe marked his 91st birthday in Victoria Falls, with the meat of wild animals and eight giant cakes fed to the thousands of guests. – News 24 Additional reporting www.zimSinsa.com