When I first went into Mugabe’s bedroom I was afraid, I searched and looked under the bed — Grace


FIRST LADY Grace Mugabe said the first thing she searched for in President Robert Mugabe’s bedroom was evidence of juju after wide speculation that the long-serving ruler depended on powers from the occult.

Grace, who married Mugabe in 1996 after the death of his first wife Sally, told representatives of several charitable organisations gathered at her Mazowe Children’s Home in 2015, that before she fell in love with him she would hear stories that he used lion fat.

“I used also to travel using public transport and people would say Mugabe uses juju,” she said.

“People said he uses mafuta eshumba (lion fat), but I realised he has a shiny skin and when I first went into his bedroom, I was afraid and searched and looked under the bed and all over, but he had only his rosary and I thanked God that he had given me a Christian husband.”

Mugabe died in a Singapore hospital on September 6, aged 95, almost two years after a military coup ended his 37-year rule. He was buried at his rural village of Kutama after weeks of wrangling between his family and the government over his final resting place.

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