Simone Gbagbo, Grace Mugabe, Leila Trabelsi; These African First Ladies Who Deemed Fatal In Their Husbands’ Careers

Some wives of presidents are rightly or wrongly accused of clumsily causing the fall of their husbands. Since the fall of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe a few days ago, these theses are more and more supported. According to the observations made, it is finally the immoderate taste of the power of Grace Mugabe, wife of Robert Mugabe who caused the revolt of the old guard of the war of liberation, worried to see his privileges confiscated by the former secretary become first lady.


The recent sackings in Robert Mugabe’s entourage would be the focal point of the former president’s downfall. Grateful Mugabe known for his spending madness has long been cited in scandals. At the end of 2010, the Zimbabwean weekly The Standard published WikiLeaks revelations of a US diplomatic cable suspecting that it had won several million dollars from the illegal sale of diamonds from the Marange mine in the east of Zimbabwe. Influential and feared by the regime’s clutches, “Gucci Grace” was able to easily cash out as staggering sums as six million euros in cash from the Zimbabwean Central Bank for an urgent purchase.


In Tunisia, in the past the “president” has long been Wassila Ben Ammar, the second wife of former president Habib Bourguiba. Very influential in the palace of Carthage, she made and defeated the ministerial careers. He was given the decision to raise the price of bread, a source of riots in 1983.

The wife of his successor will be even less loved by Tunisians: Leila Trabelsi hoped to take over from Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali. It will eventually embody the excesses of the regime. Forced into exile with her husband by the popular uprising of 2011, she leaves behind hundreds of bundles of banknotes and shoes.

The Egyptian Suzanne Mubarak, she, tried to install her son to fulfill his dynastic dream. Since the fall of Hosni Mubarak, he was accused of conspiracy. More discreet, but much more seriously questioned, the Rwandan Agathe Habyarimana is suspected of being one of the pillars of ultra Hutu power. She is accused of being one of the planners of the 1994 genocide, which she denies.

Finally, in Ivory Coast, former first lady Simone Gbagbo is accused of being behind the refusal of her husband, Laurent, to acknowledge his defeat in the 2010 presidential election. The former first lady is suspected to have been at the head of the death squads. She has always been portrayed as the iron lady of power Gbagbo. She was cited in the murder of Franco-Canadian journalist Guy André Kieffer who was investigating financial scandals in the coffee-cocoa sector in Ivory Coast

Sentenced to twenty years in prison, she has lost none of her ambitions. Her relatives say she could get back into politics if she were ever released.


Written by How Africa

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