Grace turns up for the Rome beatification
ROME – First Lady Grace Mugabe has been seen for the first time in public since April 7 when she flew to Asia amid reports that she was seeking hospital treatment for a dislocated hip.
The 45-year-old was photographed arriving in Rome on Saturday with President Robert Mugabe. The couple returned home on Wednesday after Mugabe flew out last week – his fifth trip to the Far East this year — to bring her home.
Despite newspaper reports that she dislocated her hip in a bathtub slip, the First Lady showed no discomfort as she arrived at Rome’s main airport on a special Air Zimbabwe flight with her husband.
Her apparent good health will lend credence to recent media speculation that the real reason for her trip to the Far East may relate to a degree programme she is reportedly undertaking with a Chinese university.
Mugabe’s trips to Singapore, said to cost US$600,000 each, have concerned Finance Minister Tendai Biti who warned last week that the bill for foreign travel by ministers could top US$50 million this year.