Former First Lady Grace Mugabe reportedly asked President Emmerson Mnangagwa to visit Singapore in former President Robert Mugabe’s final days so that she will be given safety guarantees.
The Daily News cites its sources as saying that as Mugabe’s health deteriorated, Grace wanted Mnangagwa to visit so that he would guarantee her and her children’s safety after Mugabe was gone. Said one of the publication’s sources:
In one of her calls, she was crying on the phone saying he (Mugabe) could no longer talk.
The former first lady wanted ED to be in Singapore and to also guarantee her and her children’s safety after the death of the former president.
Of course, she was guaranteed of her safety but was told that it was not possible for ED to be in Singapore because he was seized with preparations for the World Economic Forum (Wef) on Africa.
Mugabe’s close relatives revealed over the weekend that Mugabe died a bitter man. He was not only bitter because of the coup that ejected him from the high office in 2017, but also Mnangagwa’s failure to visit him in Singapore and also to apologise for the coup.
Mugabe’s nephew, Leo Mugabe, told the Daily News on Sunday over the weekend that the Mugabe clan expected Mnangagwa to at least visit the late Mugabe’s Borrowdale residence. Said Leo:
We expected President Mnangagwa to go there (Blue Roof) and say I am sorry so that there is forgiveness, there is repentance.
What I can say is that I have no doubt that he will have been happy if Mnangagwa had gone there to apologise.
What I know also is that given the late’s (Mugabe’s) Christian background, we expected him to have said ‘I forgive them what they did’.
We were bitter as family, but we are working with the government and the party. Maybe that is how they are showing remorse.
Mugabe died on 6 September 2019 at the age of 95. He was receiving treatment at Singapore’s famous Glen Eagles Hospital for some time.