- Former president Robert Mugabe was allegedly the victim of severe spousal abuse while he was still president of Zimbabwe
- A report claims the alleged abuse got so bad that the army considered giving Mugabe shelter at an army barracks
- Grace Mugabe’s manipulation of her husband is thought to be one of the reasons behind the army’s removal of Mugabe last November
A shocking report from Zimbabwe claims that former president Robert Mugabe was allegedly the victim of severe spousal abuse while he was still president of the country. The report claims the alleged assault got so bad that the army considered sheltering Mugabe at an army barracks.
Former aides of Mugabe claim the alleged abuse got so bad that one of his children approached an army general and told him: “The president was being severely beaten and abused by his wife Grace.”
While there has been no confirmation of the alleged assault it does play into the well-known dislike which most Zimbabweans have of their former first lady.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Grace’s manipulation of her husband, who is 42-years older than her, is thought to be one of the main reasons behind the army’s intervention in Zimbabwe’s government last November, which ultimately led to Mugabe stepping down from power.
The situation at the presidential residence allegedly got so bad that the army’s senior officials seriously though about whisking their commander-in-chief away to the Tongogara Barracks in Harare.
Another former Mugabe aide revealed that the couple had their faults and troubles like most relationships do, but he said some of their troubles were exacerbated by their extreme age difference and differing political ideologies.
Grace surrounded herself with a group of young and influential Zanu-PF leaders, known as the G40. The group is thought to have gained a firm grip on power within the ruling party and was one of the key reasons why Robert fired his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa.
This led to the military taking control of the government in November and installing Mnangagwa as the president of Zimbabwe.
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