Former First Lady Grace Mugabe is missing.
Let’s start at the beginning.
African nationalist Robert Mugabe became the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe in 1980, alongside his then wife Sally Hayfron. He identified as a Marxist-Leninist, and was particularly passionate about education and healthcare reform.
In late 1987, the parliament in Zimbabwe amended the constitution, promoting Mugabe to executive President. The new position meant he was the head of state, head of government and the commander-in-chief of armed forces. It also meant he could run for an unlimited number of terms.
Depending on where one stands, Mugabe can be read as a convincing revolutionary hero who helped free Zimbabwe from white minority rule. But if one shuffles just slightly to the left, we see a power-hungry dictator, far more terrifying than President Donald Trump, guilty of economic mismanagement, corruption, discrimination and crimes against humanity.
Mugabe’s first wife, Sally Hayfron, was adored by the people of Zimbabwe who referred to her as Amai, which translates as ‘mother’. Hayfron was a teacher and philanthropist. The couple had one son, who died of malaria when he was three years old.
And then she got sick.
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While Hayfron was dying of kidney disease, her husband of 30 years had an affair with his secretary, Grace Marufu.
Marufu was 40 years his junior. While Hayfron lay on her deathbed, Mugabe and Marufu had two children together.
Hayfron died in 1992 and Mugabe and Marufu married four years later.
Marufu, now Grace Mugabe, has earned herself the nickname ‘Gucci Grace’ for wearing absurdly expensive designer clothes in the midst of economic crisis.