The Grace Mugabe Wikileaks dossier


First Lady Grace Mugabe always makes good copy. This even applied to the Wikileaks cables. Though our initial search indicated that she was cited in 85 cables, when we read through the cable, we discovered that she was cited in 34. The other 51 cables either mentioned her husband President Robert Mugabe wanting to exit gracefully or Mugabe and some United States official whose first name was Grace.

Here are the cables:

34-Doing business Zimbabwe- style

33-South Korean firms in construction projects with First Lady?

32-Cranswick says Gono, Grace and Mujuru are looting diamonds at Marange

31-Ambassador says people underrate the power that Grace Mugabe wields

30-First Lady linked to platinum deal

29-Grace wanted to marginalise Tsvangirai

28-Grace agreed to power-sharing agreement

27-Gono and Grace discuss Mugabe’s future

26-The US embassy’s assessment of Grace Mugabe

25-Mugabe’s priest

24-Masamvu says Gen Mujuru was on war path to get rid of Mugabe

23-First Boyfriend released

22-First Lady stone-faced throughout installation of Catholic Archbishop

21-CIO keeps Mnangagwa a step ahead of his adversaries- Wikileaks

20-US embassy says Mugabe is ailing but in command

19-Mugabe had assets worth more than US$1 billion in 2001- Wikileaks

18-US ambassador’s analysis of Media Commission members

17-Grace Mugabe- I have very narrow feet so I only wear Ferragamo

16-Uncertainty over property rights scares investors

15-Grace and the Nestle dispute

14-Tsvangirai was supposed to join Mugabe for UN trip in 2009

13-US ambassador says Grace seems to have aged


11-Mugabe maintains small delegation

10-Was Grace prophetic about Tsvangirai?

9-Presidential delegation trimmed

8-More join the Presidential jet

7-Who travels with the President?

6-US embassy wanted to reward Josiah Hungwe for providing useful information- Wikileaks

5-Mobile phone bosses arrested for externalisation.

4-Gono laughs off Made’s crop forecasts

3-First Lady goes “shopping” for a dairy farm

2-First Lady eyes farm with 27-room mansion!

1-Editor arrested for publishing “false story” on First Lady


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