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Grace Mugabe’s world has changed beyond recognition, from being indirectly in-charge of running Zimbabwe to being referred to as the former First lady "Gucci Grace" and the most hated woman coming in second place to Donald Trump the most hated president in the world.

The 52 year old wife of former Zimbabwean president Robert, who resigned after being threatened with impeaachment following military intervention, has been stripped of the power she has enjoyed since marrying Mugabe in 1996 - and any chance of replacing her 93 year old husband as head of state.

She must be shocked at the sudden change of her important status. The feared wife of Zimbabwe’s leader who would make a dramatic entrance into parliament each year, in colourful clothes she designed herself, is now a detested woman, who would probably not be safe shopping in her local supermarket without bodyguards.

Grace had been determined to keep her ageing husband in power. She wanted him to stand for election next year, meaning that Mugabe would have been 99 when that term ended. She had previously revealed that if old age meant her beloved husband could no longer walk, she would personally push

Previously, she had said that if old age meant he could no longer walk, she would personally push him around in a wheelbarrow.

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There had also been signs that Grace was preparing to assume power herself. When she realised, in 2012, that former vice president Joice Mujuru was popular enough to succeed her husband, she set out to destroy her.

Grace ensured that it was she who was appointed to head the Zanu PF women’s league; that she was anointed with a (phoney) PhD from the University of Zimbabwe; and began to refer to herself as Dr Amai (‘mother’).

And with Emmerson Mnangagwa’s help, she achieved what she wanted: the expulsion of Mrs Mujuru from her national post, and then Zanu PF in 2014. She addressed thousands, all over the country, saying Mrs Mujuru had wanted to kill the president.

She employed similar tactics against Mujuru’s replacement, Mr Mnangagwa, when it became clear that he too might want to succeed Mugabe, perhaps even before he died. He was sacked, and his allies expelled.

She has became used to commandeering a Boeing 767 from Air Zimbabwe for shopping trips to Dubai, where she would spend thousands of US dollars on trinkets for her spoilt sons, who live hedonistic lives in Johannesburg.

Her world is set to become smaller: she will be limited to her flagging business empire in Zimbabwe, and the mansion she bought earlier this year in Johannesburg, which needs updating.

Mrs Mugabe has a lot on her plate. She runs the huge, family-owned dairy 30 minutes west of Harare - which mainly produces yoghurt and ice cream, and does not make a profit. She has massive tracts of land near the dairy (all taken from white farmers), which must be planted now the rains have begun. And she has built two huge, expensive schools for the children of the rich, which have hardly any pupils or teachers. She runs an orphanage, which operates outside social services. Her overheads are enormous.

Like her husband, Grace has few friends. Indeed, she is more at home away from him - in her other world: the agricultural Mazowe district, about 30km north of Harare. Born to poor parents - her father was a migrant worker during the height of apartheid - Grace went to primary school in the dusty, rural village of Chivhu. It was a life in stark contrast to the one she has enjoyed for the past two decades.

Many speculate that Grace cannot now survive in Harare, as she is so hated. While her husband is alive, she has now been granted immunity and protection, but her husband turns 94 in February.

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Culled from Telegraph

Gucci Grace's chances of becoming the president of Zimbabwe in the future is zero, but never say never to African politics.

Maybe the alleged $10 million golden-handshake from their former friend Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is now running the country would help, including the alleged $1.2 billion she and her husband stole from Zimbabweans.

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