Another sign that the madness and death in Zimbabwe may be coming to an end soon. With the recent installation of the Compromise government in Harare, The London Times has apparently found Robert Mugabe’s place to run and hide when Zimbabwe implodes; and it’s in Hong Kong:
Found: Robert Mugabe’s secret bolthole in the Far EastFebruary 15, 2009
The disclosures about the Mugabes’ Far Eastern interests are certain to anger Zimbabweans already outraged by extravagant celebrations laid on for the dictator’s 85th birthday this week.
Grace Mugabe, 43, known as the First Shopper of Zimbabwe, flew into a rage when she was spotted last week leaving the exclusive Shangri-La hotel in Hong Kong. She has been staying there with her entourage at a cost of £2,000 a day while her country endures poverty, hunger and disease.
Jones, 42, suffered nine cuts, abrasions and bruises to the face and head caused by the heavy, diamond-encrusted rings Mugabe was wearing, according to a medical report by Dr Raymond Ng, a general practitioner in Hong Kong.
Mugabe and her female companion fled around a corner seeking to hide their faces, only to run straight into a second photographer, Tim O’Rourke.
She then hurried back to her five-star refuge.
“She was standing there in a mad rage, screaming something at me, and just kept lining up the punches, all into my face. She had some nice jewelery and was aware it would cut me, I’m sure. She looked totally deranged.
There had been speculation in Zimbabwe that the president would cancel his annual holiday in the face of a growing economic and political crisis. The country is beset by a cholera epidemic that has claimed more than 2,100 lives. Annual inflation has soared to more than 231m% and a Z$100 trillion banknote was introduced on Friday. Dozens of activists have been detained, accused of plotting to overthrow the regime.
Nevertheless the Mugabes went ahead with their holiday. While the president stayed on in Singapore until January 11 before flying home, his wife flew to Hong Kong on January 9 and installed herself in the £600-a-night Harbour suite on the 18th floor of the Shangri-La.
Grace Mugabe is more than 40 years younger than her 84-year-old husband. Formerly his secretary and mistress, she finally married him in 1996 after the death of his wife of 30 years, Sally, a Ghanaian intellectual. They have three children, Bona, Robert and Chatunga. Grace Mugabe has often been blamed for encouraging her husband’s extreme views. Last year she said he would never surrender power.
Since becoming first lady, she has spent a fortune on foreign shopping trips, built a mansion in Harare, dubbed Gracelands, and acquired several formerly white-owned farms. Once, when asked why she spent thousands on expensive Ferragamo shoes while her people starved, she replied: “I have very narrow feet, so I wear only Ferragamo.”
There is a very, very special place in Hell reserved for Mugabe and for his lovely, deranged mistress-wife, I’m sure. Hopefully, they’ll flee like weasels soon and Zimbabwe can start healing soon.