Contrary to President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace’s claims upon her return from an extended stay in Singapore six weeks ago that she only had an operation to remove a nagging appendix, close family sources say she is suffering from a much more serious ailment – colon cancer.
Family sources say about 30cm of her colon (large intestine) affected by cancer was removed during the operation.
Grace, who is Zanu-PF Women’s League boss, left the country last week on Wednesday via South Africa on commercial flights.
Before falling ill, Grace, had become a towering figure in Zanu PF. Since her surprise and grand entry into politics last June when she was nominated to take over from Oppah Muchinguri as Women’s League boss, Grace has steadfastly asserted her authority in both Zanu PF and government with so much haste that she has already earned herself the nickname ‘Hurricane Grace’.
Although Mugabe has claimed that he was still in charge, the temptation to think that Grace is now the power behind the 91-year old leader is just irresistible.
The way Grace is being idolised by the party members seems to confirm that she is now the new centre of power outside Mugabe.
DrAmai, as she is affectionately known, is not only the Women’s League boss, but has also assumed the role of kingmaker in the party with most prominent politicians literally kneeling before her in order to get influential party positions from Mugabe.
First, at her Meet the People rallies, she had quite a huge entourage of senior party officials who included Environment minister Saviour Kasukuwere, Information minister Jonathon Moyo, Psychomotor minister Josiah Hungwe, to mention just, but a few, who virtually idolised her.
Considering the purging of the former Vice-President Joice Mujuru’s faction members, anyone who falls out of grace with Grace is certain to lose Mugabe’s favour.
NB: The Editor and My Zimbabwe News Editorial team would like to wish our First Day, Dr Amai a speedy recovery.
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