- The 94-year-old has been trending as the country digested intimate details he shared about wooing his wife
- An emotional Mugabe told the story of how he met his met and fell in love with his wife, Grace
Former president of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has disclosed the circumstances which led to his love relationship with current wife Grace.
The 94-year-old fell in love with Grace in the mid-1990s, with the pair eventually tying the knot in 1996.
But the ex-leader has now revealed that it was love at first sight when he met Grace, who was then serving as his secretary.
Speaking to guests at his mother-in-law's wake, Mugabe gave intimate details about how he wooed his wife.
He said he could not resist Grace's charms and went ahead to kiss her when he first set eyes on her.
This was despite the fact that he was still married to his first wife Sally at the time.
He disclosed that his first wife was battling a terminal disease and was on admission at the hospital during that time.
"Yes we got involved when Sally was still alive, I had to. Grace and I never dated, I was just introduced to her, and I said to myself, 'she is a beautiful girl,'" Mugabe said, as quoted by CNN, via local media.
"I looked at her lustfully. Then one day, I said to her 'I love you,' and she was numb. I then grabbed her hand and kissed her. She didn't refuse or protest and then I said to myself 'now that she has accepted to be kissed, it's game over.'"
He went on to explain that he felt torn by his church doctrine against adultery and the pressure from his mother who wanted grandchildren, as Sally could not have children.
Mugabe ruled Zimbabwe for 37 years before being ousted by the country’s military in November last year.
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