- The former first family Robert and Grace will be in the crowd as Ezekiel Guti Jnr is remembered
TRAGIC ZAOGA’s Ezekiel Guti’s family friends will make their first public appearance since his death on his burial on Sunday, sources have revealed.
Evangelist Ezekiel Guti Junior, son of the founder of Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa (ZAOGA Forward in Faith) church, Archbishop Ezekiel Guti, has died.
Guti Jr (35) died yesterday in South Africa where he was battling for his life in intensive care unit (ICU) after he nearly drowned in a swimming pool on Christmas Day.Guti Jr was in South Africa for the holiday with his family.
Grace Mugabe who has not been seen in public since the fall of her husband Robert in November last year is expected to attend the funeral. Questions have been raised about the former chicken seller who turned the first lady with recent reports suggesting she was confined to her “Blue Roof “ mansion all along.
Reports in December said that she had accompanied her husband to Malaysia on his way to Singapore for medical check-up.
When she did not show up in a photo of former president Robert Mugabe leaving the Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore, there was speculation that she had remained behind with her daughter Bona in Malaysia.
On Sunday, the Standard reported that she never left the country at all.
“Since the ouster of Robert Mugabe in November, Grace has been holed up at her Blue Roof mansion in Borrowdale Brooke amid reports that authorities blocked her from travelling outside the country,” the paper reported.
“Grace was reportedly only being allowed to travel to her Mazowe business empire, but under escort.”
When the military took over on 15 November, there were reports that Grace Mugabe has fled to Namibia but it turned out that she had never left the country and was at her Blue Roof mansion.
The Standard said that the former first lady was likely to be arrested over the awarding of her PhD degree which the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission is currently investigating.
The paper said the former first lady was not covered by the immunity that is enjoyed by her husband
Grace Mugabe , Ezekiel Guti Relationship
Their relationship is believed to centre on the ZAOGA church in which Grace attended while Robert Mugabe is a devout Catholic. Guti family played a key role in the marriage of Bona Mugabe and Simba Chikore who is a member of their church.
In October 2013 , soon after Bona’s marriage Grace was quoted saying
“Way back, I asked my daughter whether she had a boyfriend since she was growing up the same way I did, a shy person and reserved, and she said there was someone,” said Grace Mugabe.
“I called (Zimbabwe Assemblies of God Africa, ZAOGA, pastor) Mai Eunah Guti to ask about the boyfriend and her response was – “if that boy becomes your son-in-law, you will be delighted”.
“I also spoke to Baba Ezekiel Guti, and he again echoed the same sentiments. They (Bona and Simba) developed a relationship and I told my daughter I am going to bring you up the traditional way. Do not ever let that boy touch your breast or your body you must have the honour to get married when you are still a virgin. She has listened to me and I spoke to Simba and I told him that I want my daughter to get married when she is still a virgin and he respects that.”
Grace likens Zaoga founder Guti to Mugabe
Turning to Zaoga leader Ezekiel Guti, Grace said he was in many ways like her husband, President Robert Mugabe.
“When I look at you every time, you remind me of my husband. You are such a neat person, very well presented and a very meticulous person and you always glow, you glow because of the thoughts you carry in your heart,” she said.
It is not clear whether Bona , Simba and grandson Simbanashe who left for Malaysia last year will attend the burial. Bona is said to be expecting her second child.