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Vol 51 No 23

Published 19th November 2010


Zimbabwe

Old crocodile, younger croc

Grace Mugabe, widely known as the country’s First Shopper, has, like Marie-Antoinette, a penchant for diamonds and playing at milkmaids. Her model farm, Gushongo Dairy, is so named after husband Robert’s latest nickname ‘Gushongo’ – an obscure Shona totem name for the wily old crocodile. An earlier nickname ‘Jongwe’ (the rampant cockerel and the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front’s emblem) seeming increasingly inappropriate for an elderly gent, no matter how spritely.

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