Grace Mugabe was detained by police in Singapore, and it was not the first time


By Maynard Manyowa

Zimbabwe’s first lady Grace Mugabe was briefly detained by no nonsense police in Singapore after she assaulted reporters and threw their cellphones into a pond at the Gleneagles hospital. She had to reimburse the victims, about $1300 USD each to secure her release.

File Picture of President Mugabe and his wife Grace (REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo (ZIMBABWE)
File Picture of President Mugabe and his wife Grace (REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo (ZIMBABWE)

In addition, Grace Mugabe’s protocol team went on overdrive, paying hefty sums of money to reporters in the Southeast Asia city state to prevent the ‘assault and detention’ making its way to front pages of newspapers.

Nonetheless, it still did. And in the aftermath, her family has engaged in a desperate witch-hunt. One top aide, and a member of Mugabe’s close protection unit has been accused of leaking the details to Khuluma Afrika. He is being tortured and beaten repeatedly as we speak.

The poor bodyguard has now spent a few nights in cold dark holding cells, first at a detention barracks owned by the central intelligence organisation, and now, at some high security facility owned by counter intelligence (secret service).

The Mugabe’s are upset. Especially Grace Mugabe and especially because this is not the first time she has been involved in such a debacle. All other times she has managed to somehow get away with it.

In 2009, Grace Mugabe happened to be travelling through another Asian country. This time, it was Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She was scheduled to spend about 2 hours in the VIP transit zone at the airport, while waiting to connect another destination.

However, Grace decided she needed to walk around, and left the transit zone, proceeding from the international transit zone to the domestic flight zone. When she was done, she attempted to walk back to the VIP area using the same route she used to exit.

This despite the fact that the route was clearly marked ‘exit only’.

Airport security quickly stopped her, and told her that she would need to use the entrance, and go through a check-in process, as all passengers who exit the transit area need to go through immigration, and must go through security procedures.

But Gucci Grace owns the world. At least in her own mind. She refused, protested, and went on to assault some of the airport staff.

“She grabbed some of them by the collar, and bellowed that she was the wife of a President and could do whatever the hell she wanted to whenever the she wanted to”, a source at the airport who witnessed the event said.

“In all my 34 years working here, I have never seen such rowdy behaviour, from anyone at all. I have hosted all bad boys, rappers, artists, and even seen real Presidents come here. This one was so disgraceful” the source added.

The Malaysian authorities would have none of it. Members of Grace Mugabe’s protocol had to plead with them not to be too harsh, after they had resolved to declare her a security risk, and likely arrest her.

Members of her protocol and security team had to beg authorities for her release. While some of them had to beg her to cooperate and avoid causing a scene.

Eventually she made her way through the normal procedures, but not without cursing at anyone and everyone using excess vulgar language.

The Malaysia incident is not the second one either. It is not even the third, or the fourth. Khuluma Afrika has seen documents detailing at least five other incidents.

In Zimbabwe, there is a Shona saying that goes, “Mbudzi kudya mufenje hufananyina”. Another says, “Mhembwe rudzi inozvara mwana ane kazhumwi”, while another says, “Chaisiya huyo chaikuya nei”.

All sayings carry the same moral, that, “The apple does not fall far from the tree”.

In recent weeks, and months, several reports have exposed the lavish wild lifestyle that Mugabe’s children lead.

Robert Jnr was expelled from Dubai for bad behaviour. In SA, both him and his brother were evicted for all night drug parties. Grace Mugabe herself is on record for saying “Vana vandinesta (these kids trouble me)”

Perhaps in this case, Mrs. Mugabe needs to look at her own violent record first. Her kids are wild, and it is probably cause they learnt from the best.

  • Maynard Manyowa is a Zimbabwean journalist, and co-editor of Khuluma Afrika – a nonpartisan center for investigative journalism and political analysis

 

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  • disgraceful .

  • When did this happen. How come no reputable news channel has reported this

    • By reputable you mean…??

    • Can’t you see this is FAKE news. These journalists and their media houses are not mentioned by name and obviously they should have been looking for news how come it was never published in their media platforms. More than half of the story is dedicated to a story that is alleged that it happened in 2009 but we are getting to hear it for the first time here

    • Very true, this is an old story.

    • True story zvave nema weeks zvaitika but i dont understand why Nehanda is publishing the news now

    • old story nehanda irikumashure we read it already maybe 3 weeks ago

    • Being an old story does not make it true it still remains FAKE

    • Ana Nehanda munenge makarara mozomuka muchitaura chimukuyu che news

    • It really happened its true

    • Chikanga Chikanga Munya please provide video footage and link for the original story

  • Ndikokondiko

  • Can’t you see this is FAKE news. These journalists and their media houses are not mentioned by name and obviously they should have been looking for news how come it was never published in their media platforms. More than half of the story is dedicated to a story that is alleged that it happened in 2009 but we are getting to hear it for the first time here

    • Mukanya

      Iwe ka!! Unoda kurutsiswa!!!!

  • Chikomo shata divi.Rimwe ritambirwewo nevana

  • I don’t think its true news this

  • y u kpn on postn waybck news damn it poor journalism

  • Fake News nxaaa

  • Mwana washe muranda kumwe don’t be stabn

  • It’s called Fake News and Fake news is good for business.

  • If it happened its a shame.

  • True news ndakadziverenga

  • Very poor and desperate journalism this is a story from way back, stories come and go if they remain they wont be newsworth no more

    • to u its old to me.its new and fresh

    • Its new and fresh bcoz you are a dunderhead

    • u the best dunderhead bcz u wnt to think for me dnt thnk evrythng u say i aslo like thm if its old to u does not mean its old to me also other mens meat is other mens poisan

    • This is not about hating or loving the Mugabes 98% of the Zim population dislikes them but that doesn’t mean you should be telling us something that is not newsworthy about them

    • 98% of the population dislikes them ummmmm go back to your mathematics Mr daydreamer you are just as good as this stupid lier

    • With you excluded of course you fall under the remaining 2%

  • We are now confused how could journalism is oriented on attaching the leaders on falsifying….this is literally showing that these news papers are bent on promoting discord hence working as machines for regime change….

  • Can you stop giving us old stories named News. Am disappointed stile up

  • Pliz stop wasting our bundles with old news.

  • Inhema kutsvaga kuvasvibisa vanga vaitei vatapi venhau vacho komuno zvavanongo nyora dzekunyeba pamusoro pavo vanodii kuvaitira hasha tikaona

  • Inhema chaidzo

  • Nehanda Radio kanoshaya zvekunyora….kahanda kambwanana chaiko

  • It’s true guys

  • Some other countries respect too much vatori venhau than zvemuno muzim zvekunyangarisa vatori venhau

  • Hamutongi kwese ambuya. Makamama

  • Kkkk TT not zim

  • Is this true.

  • Stop it???

  • tongoisawo like tirambe tichipihwa more fake news

  • Ndezvemhuri zvekungo detainwa

  • Nhaiwe gakanje ungazodzidzisa sei vana vako kufamba vakati twasa iwe uchifamba nerutivi.

  • So what?

  • This Admin,ndiBaba vaJuka,just fooling people,muZanu p.f akakwana uyu,bring better news,ideas how can we build Zimbabwe back etc,not this nonsense,nyaya dzako ndedzekunyepa,wave kuti bhowa mani nxaa

  • nonsense newz nxaa

  • Mdc is just for clowns…
    #ZANUPF2018

  • Old news move on

  • Chimukuyu che News

  • Thank you ZRP Singapore.

  • Dai vakatomupa dearh sentence kkkkkkk

  • Asi hazvishamisi hazvo Dr vanogona kuzviita !

  • ndoro

    Imagine if she becomes the president. Tinomamirwa mumusoro

  • Glenda Kudzai Nyandoro remember what i told you yesterday 😊

  • Dai zvakaitika handifunge dai vanhu vachiita zvekubvunzana kuti nhai zvandanzwa ichokwadi hre nekuti dai maradio stations nematv nemafcb plateforms ese zvawo pasi rino aine nyaya yacho.

  • Its true it really happened recently its not fake news.This story is all over and true.Zimbabweans you amaze me,we go around showing off and boasting all over the place saying we are highly literate and very intelligent.But we still think that in this day and age its only CNN, BBC,ZBC,AL JAZEERA,SABC,NEWSDAY,HERALD etc who can only bring info and news.. What a dull way of thinking.These days every single person is a free lance journalist and ordinary people can now record or send trending news without waiting for media houses to report it.Besides there was no way our Zim local independent papers could report such a sensitive issue especially involving the un diplomatic way the First Lady behaved, those papers would havs been raided next day by security agents. Anyway my main point is that this story is not a lie.Why wait to first hear it from your so called “reputable” media houses??We are ALL journalists these days and probably writing or sharing real true news faster and efficiently than our so called “,REPUTABLE,” news agencies/media houses.

  • Hoooo

  • Zvakaitika kudhara ithink one and half months ago

  • Good for you ,u bully

  • ok Mr know everything so what

  • lies

  • Really

  • AD

    Oh Disgrace beat up a Photographer many years ago why was this left out and used the Diplomatic immunity to get away with it

  • Njabulo:libertyatliberty

    Mugabe children are innocent .Njabulo:libertyatliberty at gmail dot com .What must be taken into cognisance is that all humans are by nature unique.One may have inherent intelligence ,skills or physical features of their biological parents or siblings ,but they are unique.So,the world must not expect children of a pastor or of a president to elicit or exhibit behaviour which is exactly the same as their parents.It has to be taken into consideration that environment also plays a pivotal role in the shaping of one’s behaviour.One’s parents may nurture them in a good way ,but for the fact that there is “subculture” which young people adopt through interacting with their peers.Peers are very influential in shaping one’s behaviour that is complimented by social media,technology ,and other unforeseen circumstances or completely unbeknown circumstances. Social media is part of popular culture,the boys in question enact some behaviour from it.Peers have great influence on the boys in question .If they do not conform to the norms and values of peers ,they will be ostracised by their peers.That is why one of those boys was into drugs.Where would he have learnt to take drugs if not for peer influence?Parents may want their children to behave in certain way that they desire,but for external influence ,they may not achieve their desired objectives .So,in this case ,it would be partly wrong to blame the parents ,although there is high expectation from the public and the world ,to see the children of the president being well behaved.One renowned sociologist once mentioned that deviants are necessary in society because they make society to be functional.If society was void of deviants ,then society will be dysfunctional .Anyway ,even if their parents are seen by others as not good people ,they should not be made to suffer for the sins and crimes of their parents.A son or daughter cannot be held responsible for the crimes or bad behaviour of their parents.And society cannot unleash punishment on the children after their parents are gone.More so ,even now society must not abhor them or hate them for the actions of their parents.Those boys are innocent.Let’s show them love although they are not well behaved.Most of the people made many mistakes during the time they were growing up.Life is a journey which is bedevilled by many perils.When one takes a moment to think about the despicable things that they used to do when they were growing up,one would not want anyone to know about that.As people grow ,they change the way they do things.That too is certainly going to be the case with those bo ys.Behaviour is not fixated or ascribed at birth. My opinion .(impartial

  • SHE ENJOYS IMMUNITY OBVIOUSLY SHE HAS A DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT SO SHE CNT BE DETAINED SO THTS FAKE NEWS

  • THIS STORY HAPPENED LAST MONTH BUT THIS IDIOT POST’S IT LYK NOW.VERY PRIMITIVE

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