PICTURES show the widow of Robert Mugabe weeping over his coffin – as the new Zimbabwean president says she will not be pursued over suspected misuse of public funds.
Grace Mugabe, 54, once had ambitions to succeed her tyrant husband, who died last week aged 95, but remains a deeply unpopular figure in the southern African country.
Grace Mugabe pictured weeping by the coffin of her late husband[/caption]
Robert Mugabe died last week after nearly four decades at the forefront of Zimbabwean politics[/caption]
After marrying Mugabe in 1996, she became known for going on extravagant spending sprees while many of her compatriots lived in poverty.
The former secretary, dubbed Gucci Grace, is alleged to have assets of up to £1bn, and with her husband is widely suspected of having used public funds to cover her bills.
The pair were not pursued after Mugabe was toppled in 2017, with president Emmerson Mnangagwa hoping to placate those voters who still supported the ousted president.
Many had speculated that, with Mugabe dead, Grace’s vast wealth could be probed, but Mnangagwa has now said she will not face an investigation.
Speaking at the Mugabe family home, Mnangagwa said he had asked for a one-on-one meeting with Grace to “discuss some issues”, but added: “We had let bygones be bygones.
“You [Mrs. Mugabe] have the full support of the government.
“Nothing will change.”
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Robert Mugabe was credited with helping secure Zimbabwe’s independence from Britain, but later established himself as a dictatorial ruler, and was eventually overthrown after losing support within his own party.
He died on September 6 at a Singapore Hospital following months of decline, though his exact cause of death has not yet been confirmed.
Among the topics expected to be discussed by President Mnangagwa and the Mugabe family is the question of where Mugabe will be buried.
The government stated previously that he would be buried at the Heroes’ Acre state monument, a site reserved for those who fought for Zimbabwe’s independence and contemporary figures who have demonstrated sufficient commitment to the country.
The site features a large monument to the guerrilla fighters built by Mugabe with the help of North Korean construction firm Mansudae Overseas Projects.
Mugabe’s first wife Sally, who died in 1992, is also buried there in a plot long reserved for the ex-leader.
But some members of his family say he should be buried at his birthplace, the village of Kutama, 45 miles west of capital Harare, according to Zimbabwean tradition.
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Mnangagwa said: “We have no idea where we will bury him yet.
“We need to talk to [Mrs. Mugabe] and the family first.”
Mugabe died aged 95 while receiving treatment at a hospital in Singapore[/caption]
Mourners attended Harare International Airport on Wednesday as his body was repatriated[/caption]
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