Robert Mugabe’s son arrested over ‘malicious damage to property”
Late former President Robert Mugabe’s son, Robert Junior was arrested on Sunday and appeared in court today on allegations of destroying cars and other properties worth US$12 000 at a place he was attending a party over the weekend.
Robert Junior was detained at Avondale Police Station before his appearance on Monday charged with malicious damage to property.
Police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi confirmed the development in a statement on Monday afternoon.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police confirms that Robert Tinotenda Mugabe (Junior) (31) has been arrested on Malicious Damage to Property allegations after a complaint by his friend Nkatazo Sindiso (31) that he destroyed property worth USD12 000.00 at house number 3A Verdi Lane, Strathaven, Harare.
“He will appear in court in due course,” read the statement.
TO : OFFICER COMMANDING POLICE HARARE PROVINCE
FROM : OFFICER COMMANDING POLICE HARARE SUBURBAN DISTRICT
DATE : 19 FEBRUARY 2023
SUBJECT : ARREST AND DETENTION OF ROBERT MUGABE JUNIOR FOR MDP: ZRP AVONDALE
Complainant : Sindiso NKATAZO
NR: 63-2145405J67 Aged: 31
Res: 3A Verdi Lane, Strathaven, Harare
Cell: 0777 283 180
Accused : Tinotenda Robert MUGABE [Junior]
NR: 63-2109208 A 70 Aged: 31
Res: Blue Roof, Helensvale, Harare
Cell: 0712 122 812
Place of occurrence: 3A Verdi Lane, Strathaven, Harare.
Complainant and accused are friends. On 19 February 2023 at around 0030 hours, complainant and accused proceeded to complainant’s house and slept there.
At around 0900 hours, the accused person had a heated argument with the complainant’s gardener (name not supplied) whom he accused of having urinated on the wheel of his car. The gardener noticed that the complainant was becoming violent and ran away.
In a fit of rage, the accused person broke wind screens of a Mercedes Benz CLS registration number AES 6207 and Mercedes Benz E350D registration number AFG 5847. He also damaged various properties including windows and household electrical gadgets. Value damaged is US$12 000-00.
Complainant made a report at ZRP Avondale.
Scene was attended by 060125C Constable Muronzi and 081923W Constable Mupuwi. Accused was arrested and is detained under ZRP Avondale DB 134/23. Investigations are in progress under ZRP Avondale RRB 5409544.
HARARE SUBURBAN DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS
The young man is not new to controversy.
In October last year, a video circulated on social media showing a Harare-based model only referred to as Bertha clashing with Robert Junior while demanding US$50 they had agreed on.
Robert Junior allegedly failed to pay Bertha after spending four days enjoying her company at his place of residence.
Bertha was seen in the video sitting on Robert Junior’s bed naked refusing to leave the house or put on her clothes before getting paid.
Mugabe’s sons are known for partying, drinking alcohol and smoking while spending money even during the reign of their father.
Their father was removed from power in November 2017 by his deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa through a military coup.
He died from cancer in a Singapore hospital in 2019.