Members of the Mugabe Clan, former President Robert Mugabe’s relatives, have claimed that they cut off all ties with former first lady Grace Mugabe two years ago. The Mugabe clan which includes, the Mugabe, Jenami and Matibiri families accused their daughter-in-law, Grace, of showing off, being disrespectful to elders and of causing disharmony within the family. Grace is alleged to have last visited her family’s Zvimba rural home, two years ago due to the strained relations.
Speaking to Voice of America Studio 7, Mugabe’s uncle, Ben Matibiri, said:
[Grace usually said] things that are unbecoming of the first family, belittling everyone as she tried to use borrowed powers at every opportunity.
He also compared Grace to Mugabe’s first wife, Sally Mugabe, who he claims was Grace’s opposite and a role model:
Sally (Mugabe) was more like a daughter to me. She took care of the family unlike the present wife of Mugabe who is talkative and doesn’t know what to say at the appropriate time.
Matibiri’s nephew Clemence, echoed his uncle’s sentiments saying:
She (Grace) was fond of controlling everyone wherever she is (sic) failing to take her role as a daughter-in-law in the family.
Grace seems to have become the scapegoat for some sections of the media and the public, who blame her for Mugabe’s demise arguing that she antagonised too many people, resulting in the Zimbabwe Defence Forces launching, Operation Restore Legacy. The military takeover ultimately resulted in Mugabe stepping down.