- Mar 31, 2007
Hanging out with Zim's first shopper
By Claire Donnelly
AT HOME in Zimbabwe more than seven million of her people are starving. But as Robert Mugabe's wife Grace strolled around the most exclusive boutiques in Paris recently, the plight of the hungry and dying was the last thing on her mind.
Hiding behind £180 Christian Dior sunglasses and with a £25,000 diamond-encrusted Rolex hanging off her wrist, the First Lady of Zimbabwe spent a day doing what she does best - shopping.
After a £150-a-head dinner she and her husband retired to their £10,000-a-night, 33-room suite at the Plaza-Athenee, while back home families queued for meagre supplies of bread and cooking oil.
Grace, who at 39 is 40 years younger than her husband, has come to represent everything that is wrong with Mugabe's tyrannical regime.
Southern Africa's answer to Imelda Marcos, she is known in Zimbabwe as The First Shopper, a woman who has spent millions on foreign shopping trips, a sprawling home dubbed