Makamba finally speaks of 'Grace Mugabe love affair' rumour

Makamba finally speaks of 'Grace Mugabe love affair' rumour
Published: 21 June 2013 (125122 Views)
Exiled businessman, James Makamba has for the first time spoken out about the widespread rumours of an affair with the First Lady, Grace Mugabe.

He said he had decided to speak out "to set the record straight and, thereby, take some of the public pressure off his family."

Makamba said allegations about the Grace Mugabe affair surfaced during the late 1990s when, along with other members of the Zanu PF Central Committee, he was working with Grace Mugabe on international fund-raising initiatives focused on improving the lives of Zimbabwean women and children.

Previously, Makamba had done similar work with President Mugabe's first wife, the late Amai Sally Mugabe. The funds raised were used to build schools, orphanages, and old age homes, set up bursaries, establish development organisations, and implement rural electrification programmes.

Makamba dismisses the allegations by pointing out that "these are 24×7 projects. All of us were in one another's company more or less continuously. Rumours were bound to arise. But, in African culture, every woman you encounter is a mother or a sister, depending on her age. We all respected the social barriers such terms imply."

Last month Makamba said he could come home to Zimbabwe anytime he wants to visit his sister whom he said is seriously ill and hospitalised at Parirenyatwa. He denied he was negotiating his return to the country saying there was nothing to negotiate.

However, a popular faceless Facebook user and self-proclaimed Zanu PF insider, Baba Jukwa, warned James Makamba against coming to Zimbabwe anytime soon over the rumours of his affair with the First Lady. This was one of Baba Jukwa's first messages which he published on his page in March this year.

In 2004 Makamba was arrested during a financial crackdown that targeted dozens of businessmen alleged to have externalised foreign currency. He spent a significant amount of time in custody and was denied bail more than 13 times.

Makamba exited the country in 2005 after being charged with violating the Exchange Control Act. He skipped bail and fled the country as the state prosecuted him on charges of allegedly externalising £3.7 million, $2.1 million and R15 million.

Several businessmen and high profile politicians have also been accused of dating the First Lady. So disturbing and tarnishing are the rumours that some of the implicated persons have had difficulties in trying to refute and quell the unfounded allegations. Chief among them was RBZ governor, who was once accussed of dating the First Lady.

Several media websites even published the claims and other rogue graphic designers went to the extent of designing images with Dr Gono and Amai Grace Mugabe waving at each other. The images were clearly designed using the award-wining graphic designing software, Photoshop.

- ZimDiaspora

 0

You May Like These Videos

Comments

There are no comments.

Latest stories

Zanu-PF OKs Mnangagwa as its 2023 candidate

by AP | 15 December 2018 | 107 Views

ZANU PF to ammend constitution

by Mandla Ndlovu | 15 December 2018 | 194 Views

China tells Zimbabwe 'Don't blame us, sort your own house'

by Staff reporter | 15 December 2018 | 283 Views

MDC Alliance losing Cllr jailed

by Staff reporter | 15 December 2018 | 146 Views

Mnangagwa donates 1 000 goats to schools

by Staff reporter | 15 December 2018 | 139 Views

PHOTOS: Bomb found at ZBC studios

by Mandla Ndlovu | 15 December 2018 | 130 Views

PHOTOS: MDC gala dinner held in Harare

by Mandla Ndlovu | 15 December 2018 | 125 Views

Kalawa Homecoming in disappointing line-up

by Mandla Ndlovu | 15 December 2018 | 101 Views

Mnangagwa's Important Speech

by Tom Nkala | 15 December 2018 | 120 Views

Mutsvangwa, Mangwana in messy fight with Energy Mutodi?

by Staff reporter | 15 December 2018 | 243 Views

Harare City Council owes $ 792 million

by Mandla Ndlovu | 15 December 2018 | 132 Views

Police crush teachers' protest demo

by Mandla Ndlovu | 15 December 2018 | 185 Views

Mnangagwa re-introduces Green Bombers

by Mandla Ndlovu | 15 December 2018 | 203 Views

Mnangagwa exposes Muchinguri-Kashiri lie

by newzimbabwe | 15 December 2018 | 230 Views

Zimbabwe doctors using condoms as medical gloves?

by ZimLive | 15 December 2018 | 160 Views

Mutsvangwa; Mangwana in messy fight with Energy Mutodi?

by Staff reporter | 15 December 2018 | 172 Views

Panic as Air Zimbabwe leaves passenger bags in South Africa

by Mandla Ndlovu | 15 December 2018 | 191 Views

Chamisa's MDC can go hang, says VP Chiwenga

by Staf reporter | 15 December 2018 | 178 Views

Government assures murdered lawyer's family of justice

by Staff reporter | 15 December 2018 | 146 Views

StanChart sued over $78000 unauthorised withdrawal

by Staff reporter | 15 December 2018 | 144 Views

Sex vendor in court for 'theft' from client

by Staf reporter | 15 December 2018 | 138 Views

'Zimbabwe must remain a unitary state'

by Staff reporter | 15 December 2018 | 116 Views

$1,5bn stabilisation deal for Zimbabawe

by Staf reporter | 15 December 2018 | 154 Views

Minister slams fake Facebook account impostor

by Staff reporter | 15 December 2018 | 131 Views

Mnangagwa to release Motlanthe report next week

by Staff reporter | 15 December 2018 | 123 Views

Chamisa clause, a view from the other side!

by Farai Muvuti | 15 December 2018 | 171 Views

Mudzuri snubs Chamisa

by Staff reporter | 15 December 2018 | 134 Views

Mnangagwa warns Zanu-PF against complacency

by Staff reporter | 15 December 2018 | 121 Views

Mohadi's health deteriorates

by Staff reporter | 15 December 2018 | 134 Views

Mukanya will retire when he dies

by Staff reporter | 15 December 2018 | 109 Views

Chamisa must wake up from GNU reverie

by Ediitorial - zimpapers | 15 December 2018 | 156 Views

Health hazard looms as hospital Registrars down tools.

by Mandla Ndlovu | 15 December 2018 | 86 Views

'Zanu-PF has no agenda for a GNU'

by Emmerson Mnangagwa | 15 December 2018 | 168 Views

Second drowned Government official's body recovered

by Staff reporter | 15 December 2018 | 92 Views

Ex-lover drags cop to court over upkeep

by Staff reporter | 15 December 2018 | 70 Views

Mnangagwa to serve his two terms, says Chiwenga

by Staf reporter | 15 December 2018 | 72 Views

Zimbabwe security sector reform back on the agenda

by Staff reporter | 15 December 2018 | 74 Views