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Mugabe’s family in disarray after ouster…. kids scattered…. multi-million dollar deals collapse

By Bernard Mpofu and Elias Mambo | Zimbabwe Independent |

Following the recent military intervention which brought to a dramatic end former president Robert Mugabe’s 37-year-old rule, his family is now scattered across different countries, while their multi-million dollar businesses and deals face collapse.

Unflattering pictures of President Robert Mugabe and his family enjoying themselves to no end while holidaying in the Far East emerged in 2014

The Mugabe family has a multi-million-dollar empire built around numerous farms, prime real estate, various businesses and lucrative tenders which they wrested for self-aggrandisement.

The family also benefitted heavily directly and indirectly from public funds during Mugabe’s endless globe-trotting trips.

On some occasions the family used public funds to acquire private assets.

By mid-year, Mugabe had overspent on travel by US$23 million. His budget was US$30, but he spent US$53 million on largely futile foreign trips. Overall, his office had a US$43 million budget overrun.

Investigations by the Zimbabwe Independent show that Mugabe’s wife Grace used to siphon millions during the trips.

“On one occasion this year, for instance, his wife took about US$3,5 million during a foreign trip,” a senior Treasury official said this week. “There is also another example; the money used to buy their mansion in Sandhurst, Sandton, Johannesburg in South Africa came from public funds through local banks. At one point Grace also demanded that Patrick Chinamasa (who was Finance minister and still is) buys cars for her and he had to find the money.

These are just a few examples, but there was a pattern or systematic looting of public funds. Ministry of Finance and Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe officials know this.”

Sources close to the family told the Independent that while Mugabe and Grace still remain holed up in their Blue Roof mansion in Harare, their children have been scattered by the political upheavals which engulfed Zimbabwe recently leading to their dramatic loss of power.

The sources said Mugabe’s step son, Russel Goreraza, who is Grace’s first child with her former husband and hence the former president’s step son, is the only one who is still in Harare.

Their daughter Bona, son-in-law Simba Chikore and grandson Simbanashe left for Malaysia on Friday last week. Bona is said to be expecting her second child. Mugabe’s party-loving boys Robert Junior and Bellarmine Chatunga are staying at their affluent Sandhurst mansion. In fact, they have two properties there and were contemplating buying another one.

Mugabe’s nephew Patrick Zhuwao is also holed up in Johannesburg after failing to return home from a trip to Argentina in the aftermath of the military takeover. His family members have reportedly joined him in South Africa.

Grace’s allies and former cabinet ministers Jonathan Moyo and Saviour Kasukuwere, as well as their families, who sought refuge at the Blue Roof after the army intervention, have also left the country. They are understood to be in Kenya. Moyo and Kasukuwere’s families had remained in the country, but fled after the military raided their homes for the second time last Thursday. The army initially stormed their homes in the wee hours of November 15.

Zhuwao has been condemning the military action from South Africa, while Moyo has of late been tweeting his condemnation of the military “coup” as well.

Although Mugabe and Grace appear to be quiet in the public domain, the former First Lady has been complaining behind-the-scenes about how her family and the families of her allies have been treated. She has also been complaining about threats to her businesses and property, citing the terms of agreement secretly reached as part of the deal for Mugabe to resign.

Informed sources said Grace has been relaying her complaints and protests to President Emmerson Mnangagwa and Zimbabwe Defence Forces commander Constantino Chiwenga mainly through mediators, Catholic cleric Father Fidelis Mukonori and former Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe governor Gideon Gono.

Mugabe resigned on Tuesday last week after being granted full immunity and was given a US$10 million exit package, full monthly salary, medical cover, security as well as protection of his private properties. Mugabe’s ouster has left the family business empire facing collapse.

For instance, last week Grace complained about disruptive activities around Manzou, Sigaru and other farms which they own as a family. His removal has also cut away rent-seeking opportunities.

For example, Russell and his business partner Valentine Garacho imported seven top-of-the-range vehicles worth about US$2,5 million three months ago after brokering a controversial mining deal between government and a Kazakhstan company, Todal Mining, which owns platinum concessions between Shurugwi and Zvishavane.

The cars include two Rolls-Royce, two Range Rovers, two Mercedes-Benz S-Class and an Aston Martin.

In 2011, Grace and her former business partner, Ping Sung — a Taiwanese-born South African — bought trucks, trailers and equipment worth almost US$1 million with money transferred through the central bank. Grace and Hsieh were later engaged in a fight over a US$5 million mansion in Hong Kong. The row over the Hong Kong home apparently erupted after a dispute over a gold mine in Chinhoyi. The Mugabe family has also raked in millions through dodgy tenders.

Simba and his wife — who have been building a huge mansion in Harare — reportedly have an interest in the US$2 billion Beitbridge-Harare project. Early this month government began secretly winding down struggling flag carrier Air Zimbabwe’s operations through the back door as a new company with an opaque shareholding structure prepared to take to the sky. Simba is reportedly behind the Zimbabwe Airways project which would have led to Air Zimbabwe’s demise.

Simba’s brother Derrick Chikore is involved in a dodgy US$200 million Dema energy deal which did not go through tender. All these opportunities are now gone.

Grace’s Mazowe empire includes an opulent double-storey mansion on Mapfeni Farm, which can be seen from Manzou Farm where she has been evicting thousands of villagers since 2011 to establish a game park. There is also a dairy farm, orphanage, a school and a proposed US$1 billion dollar private university project to be funded by public funds.

Grace has also grabbed land which belonged to the former Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed agro-producer, Interfresh’s Mazowe Citrus Estate.

  • But chero zvikadii hapana pavangambozodya sadza ne cabbage or kumwa tea tsvuku.

    • Ichokwadi ichocho asi rugare ndirwo runokosha. Pane vanhu vane estate iri less than $1000 asi vagere mushe nokuti pfungwa dzavo dzinigutsikana noupenyu hwavo.

      Ava zvokuchazogutsikana zvootoda Mwari vapindire….iStress dzega dzega

    • Tea isina mukaka vanitogona kuzoinwa sedano rekuchengetedza BP kuti isakwire. Nyama chaiyo unoirega ukasya cabbage.

      Munhu ngaangigara aita kwaye muuprnyu who ever kuti ndiani

    • Mugabe ruled for 37 long years.

      I’m certain at 94 he is releaved of the stress of being in charge at such a oldage.

      I’m certain if you ask him he will be saying I should have done it long ago.Why did I wait this long

    • kut kudaro nhai

    • Rugare hazvireve chikafu my friend. If u don’t have peace of mind there’s no good living. Nothing is more worrisome than seeing your lifelong friends, colleagues, relatives, etc abandoning you. No amount of money can happiness under such circumstances

    • Ichokwadi what you are saying @Jaison Ndlovu. Peace of mind inobva kunaMwari ndiyo inodiwa.

    • Chikafu chakadayi chinotovanakiravo futi

  • F

  • Chatunga akutovhura macompany,mudhara vopuhwa 10million asi wonzwa mumwe achiti disarray

    • Well said shebeen

    • Watch this space you will see a different Chatunga in 5 years to come main root has been cut

    • This wishing for Chatunga to suffer is wishful thinking.

      Mugabe left an inheritance for his children after you refused the inheritance of land he wanted to leave you

    • chenhamo u think its hard to squander your inheritence? money needs wisdom and education otherwise unoyipedza fast

    • You are engaging in wishful thinking people.

      I hope you wake up from your slumber

    • Do you know he will still get Presidential salary and some benefits till Mugabe dies

    • no he won’t kkkk u think there is democracy in zim ? u think they respect mugabe?? they r just putting on a front to make the coop acceptable to.the world kkk wishful thinking lol i know u r their biggest fan and u wish them all the money in the world lol

    • They will give him every cent.

      You shall realise later the joke was on you all along.

      Mugabe is still a ZANU PF member remember

  • at least they have to feel how it was for us when our families were scattered

  • Yaaa… Its time for the other pigs to feed too. For the rest of us life goes on with no money but more problems.

  • Haaaa kushaya nyaya uku tibvireipo nderipi ra collapser makuseni ano

  • I like it and thy must feel it how ot was for others when their families scatered

  • Matsotsi ese.

    Its not as bad as the deals of the lot that took over , very dodgy , the military junta will make Zim a deeper hell hole.

    You have no country , it was sold to China.

    • Ushe

      Matsotsi ese. Even the MDC!

  • Couldn’t happen to a “nicer”family!

  • Musanyepa Imi.. Vane mari Dzavo Vanhu ava

  • Why would a 93 year old person care about collapsing businesses when he has $10 million as retirememnt package he owns the blue roof valued at $9.9 million the y have a house in South Africa worth R45 million jus to name a few

  • Bona must be Daddy’s baby. She always sits or stands next to her father and avoid to be next to her mother as much as possible.

    • Moyo wako unokurwadza kuti dai uriwe mwana warobert kkkkkkkkk

    • Yes most daughters like to sit next to their dads.Nothing wrong there.

    • Van Der – No haurwadze.
      Stanley – I never said it’s wrong.

  • Now you know what it feels like to be an ordinary Zimbabwean family

  • Muchati Bhuu

    The figures being mentioned here are scary. 3.5 mill here, 11 there, 200 million there…are we still talking in US dollars?

    • Shiti yega

      Why did they not say it before , they were in government , vakasvinura Bob akakotsira.


      Takuwona kuti ka nehanda kacho , the wordpress we have cored since high sch days , karikusenzeswa kuita manyemwe…..all the way to zim papers.

      Kupusa bakiti.

  • Pls toda vanhu vanonzwa murikuzosara ne one farm the rest opiwa vamwe moti ndimi mega we want our share especially inini i need a farm mari ndinayo yekutenga equipment plus im a genuine farmer

  • GIGS

    even if you are the president you cannot be this selfish.

    • Naa

      Mugabe haizi mbavha.

      Grace munhu wechikadzi anodawo kuwonekwa.

      Sally anga anema business i remember….mari yayiyenda kuhama dzake.

      Zanu yese inoba more than Grace.

      Giving aid to such an administration even for healthcare costs via UNDP is a huge error that must be reviewed.

  • Karma!!!

  • #Occupy BlueRoof

    I wish Zimbos in SA who took the brunt of the Dzasukwa economic mismanagement of the country can assemble enmass and demonstrate against these bastards. They should make their lives so miserable they will not have any choice except come home.
    If the EFF buys this idea, those boys will be on the next chicken bus to Shitsville.

    • #Allthethieves

      Correct also #OccupySADC headquarters for keeping them going zimbos should also demonstrate against SADC

  • It’s only the beginning,they’ll be paupers

  • Alfa and omega to hell

  • Alfa and omega to hell

  • Scattered with millions, some scattered with nothing for the past 20 yrs

  • This side of X.

    Now Zimabawe goes from the frying pan straight into the furnace, the worst is still to come.

    • Ushe

      How’s that?

      • This side of X.

        This is the man that was in charge of importing and leading the North Korean 5thbrigade in the killing and massacre of thousands in the 1980s Gukurahundi.
        20 000 Zimbabweans are believed to have died in the massacres as the military crushed perceived dissidents in Matabeleland and Midlands regions.
        He was Mugabe’s muscle and if any person believes Zimbabwe is suddenly free from slavery, they are fools.
        All that has happened is that their pathetic jailer Mugabe has been replaced by one that is going to make Mugabe look like sweet cakes.

        • Ushe

          He said let bygones be bygones.
          Otherwise if we were to dig deep, we will have an endless debate. The opposition simply needs to pull up their socks and roll their sleeves if we are to see a change.

          • This side of X.

            Only the living dead will accept this ‘bygone nonsense’, …it clearly indicates the monster within.
            ‘Let bygones be bygones” WTF
            This is why the region remains cursed, tell that to the dead.

          • Ushe

            The dead are dead!

          • This side of X.

            And so are many of the living.

  • Kanga kanetsa kamhuri aka.


    And Ed give mugabe another 10 million , for what?

  • Every dog has it’s day

  • QPE

    The story of ths family and their brats living high lives in SA has been shown around the globe when one reads or listens international news and then show a vendor in SA from Zimbabwe saying how painful it is while they are struggling and the brats are living life it to the full drinking expensive champagne living it up in the expensive night clubs of Sandton

    • ZimMatata

      Then there is talk of immunity and golden handshake for Mugabe and family. It makes my heart bleed.

  • Like you said drammatic thats how political dramma ends

  • Million dollar deals face collapse when this guy has billions of dollars he looted ndimi muri kungowawata kamdara ako kachitetena zvako bag

  • mastadon

    Mugabe’s day of Reckoning was always going to come,now it has come to pass and the Mugabes are now reeling and bleeding.I call it Khama,No one is Invincible in this World.

  • Nothing last forever!

  • It’s too early to talk about collapsing.

  • Shame

  • Chikiti

    We’re now under the new G70 cabal

  • Wasu Pa Internet

    welcome to our world, my family and friends are scattered all over the world! Get comfy, its gonna be a loooong ride!

  • This is no news to some of us who left families for over a decade due to the former president’s missmanagememt of our economy. Some people have never met with their families in years jus because they can’t afford, my point is where ever Mugabe family can be there will always meet when they want to.

  • Mfundisi

    Sadly, out of the frying pan into the fire.

  • Things will never be the same chero mari iripo

  • Who cares? Even if they are to seperate to the extent that each one in his or her continent.

  • Shame

  • They are scavenging thats life isn’t it

  • Ours were made to scatter bcoz of his misrule. No sympathy

  • Kkkkjkk hanzi scatter

  • Kkkkjkk hanzi scatter