- Zimbabwe’s former first lady Grace Mugabe is the centre of a play being put on with the approval of the country’s new president, Emerson Mnangagwa
- The play, which is entitled “Operation Restore Regasi” pokes fun at the events leading to the resignation of Mugabe in November last year, and is apparently a hit with audiences
- Meanwhile Grace who is depicted as suffering from emotional instability is expected to be shown at Theatre in the Park in Harare leading up to the Easter weekend
Grace Mugbe is undoubtedly not be too pleased with how she is being portrayed in what has been described as a “thrilling” theatrical play centred on the her role in her husband’s shocking departure from power in November last year.
Briefly.co.za has learned that the play, entitled “Operation Restore Regasi” is a satire which takes a comical look at events which led to the former first lady’s husband, former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, stepping down from the office he had held for almost four decades.
Written and directed by National Arts Merits Awards-nominated director Charles Munganasa, the show is expected to be shown at Theatre in the Park in Harare on March 28 to 30.
The playwright, Munganasa, is the man who last year was accused of leading the jeering of Grace Mugabe in Bulawayo. His role in the play is that of the then military chief Constantino Chiwenga, now one of the country's two deputy presidents.
The character of Grace in the play remains the centre of mockery and is reportedly depicted as "having no self-control, suffering from severe emotional instability, crying herself to sleep on realising that power has suddenly shifted away from her family's hands despite her believing she had her thumb on the situation with it all under her control.
In the past, political plays were not favoured by the ruling Zanu-PF party, but the so-called "new dispensation" seems to have a different view and Munganasa said that Mnangagwa had even asked to see snippets of the play a few days ago before it premieres next week and would likely be attending the show.
However some are not so sure the "new era" is all that different from the old party which ruled the country with an iron fist.
Meanwhile, Grace Mugabe has been linked to possible ivory poaching syndicates as authorities sift through every aspect of the former first family's life and business dealings.
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