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While Zimbabwe battles a tragic cholera epidemic, hunger and inflation of more than a billion percent, first lady Grace Mugabe has been on a shopping spree in Hong Kong. She made headlines when she allegedly attacked a the London Sunday Times photographer who snapped her outside her luxury hotel. The photographer has pressed assault charges, claiming that Mugabe's bodyguards held him while she punched him in the face, cutting him with her diamond rings.
Grace Mugabe, 43, is known for her high-spending ways. It was reported in Zimbabwe that she drew more than US$90,000 for this trip to Malaysia and Hong Kong. She has built a mansion in Zimbabwe dubbed 'Gracelands'. But her antics do not impress many desperate Zimbabweans, who have nicknamed her "Dis-Grace".
Zimbabwe's inflation rages on and Robert Mugabe's government recently issued Z$10 trillion notes. As inflation is estimated by independent economists to be above a billion percent, the notes will not be sufficient for long. The government has already announced it will soon be issuing Z$2o trillion, Z$50 trillion and Z$100 trillion notes.