Grace Mugabe named ‘Philanthropist of the Year’

This comes a week after she was awarded a doctorate from the University of Zimbabwe.

FILE: The 49-year old First Lady runs an orphanage in Mazowe in central Zimbabwe and is reported to have researched orphanages in Zimbabwe for her PhD. thesis. Picture: GCIS.

HAHARE, Zimbabwe - A week after she was awarded a doctorate from the University of Zimbabwe, Grace Mugabe has been given another award - she is being named Philanthropist of the Year by a local institution.

The 49-year old First Lady runs an orphanage in Mazowe in central Zimbabwe and is reported to have researched orphanages in Zimbabwe for her PhD. thesis, though many believe she did not earn the degree fairly.

The Philanthrophy Institute of Zimbabwe is little-known but it's certainly put itself in the limelight with this.

The report emerged in Saturday's Newsday.

While the award will carry little weight outside the country and indeed many sceptical Zimbabweans say it does show how Grace Mugabe is making news in Zimbabwe in a way she wasn't two months ago.

Analysts believe she is being groomed for political leadership as her husband nears his 91st birthday and there have even been calls from within Zanu-PF for her to challenge the vice-presidency in party elections in December.