Mugabe funeral : Gucci Grace ‘s apparel causes stir

FORMER first lady Grace ‘Gucci Grace’ Mugabe accompanied her husband Robert’s lifeless body from Singapore to Harare on Wednesday afternoon.

True to her nickname Gucci Grace which was coined for her penchant of exquisite dressing, she was dressed to ‘kill’.

Clad in a black outfit and a veil covering her grief stricken face, Grace sat in the middle of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and First Lady Auxillia , and like a ‘ big sister’ the First Lady gave her a shoulder to lean on .

Although the designer label could not be immediately ascertained, it is an open secret that her wardrobe does not come cheap.

She once hogged the limelight after purchasing a diamond ring worth USD1, 3 million from a Lebanese dealer.

Grace was a pale shadow of her former self as she sat next to Mnangagwa – the man she had large influence in his sacking as Vice President.

Meanwhile, thousands thronged the Mugabe residence popularly known as the Blue Roof on Wednesday evening.

 His body will be laid out for the public at Rufaro stadium on Thursday, before heading to his homestead and birthplace Zvimba .

Chinese President Xi Jinping, former Cuban leader Raul Castro and several African presidents, including the president of the continent’s biggest economy Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed attendance.

 Mugabe’s relatives and   government are believed to be at loggerheads over his final resting place.

Upon Mugabe’s arrival at the airport in Harare, Mnangagwa announced that the Ministry of Home Affairs will superintend proceedings after the Zimbabwe Defence Forces pay last respect at One Commando Barracks.

Rufaro Stadium is where Mugabe was inaugurated and on Thursday he returns to the same place albeit lifeless.