Zimbabwe’s late former president Robert Mugabe left $10m, 10 cars, a farm and two houses, details of his estate released on Tuesday revealed.
The state-owned Herald newspaper said his daughter, Bona Nyepudzai Mutsahuni-Chikore, disclosed these assets to the High Court after the family had been unable to locate his will.
The $10m was in a foreign currency account with a local bank, the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ), the report said.
It did not identify the make or model of the 10 cars
During his presidency, Mugabe was reported to own several farms that were seized during his controversial land reforms.
Only one farm is listed on the inventory of his assets.
His other properties, according to the list given to the High Court on October 21, include two houses in posh suburbs of the capital, Harare; his rural homestead in Zvimba; a two-hectare (five-acre) farming plot in Zvimba and a five-acre orchard.
Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe from the country’s independence from British colonial rule in 1980 until being ousted in November 2017, died on September 6 at the age of 95 in Singapore, where he had been receiving treatment for prostate cancer.
He was ousted after 37 years in power and replaced by his former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa, whom Mugabe had fired weeks earlier.
The later years of his rule were characterised by food shortages, massive joblessness and the use of brutal force against his opponents.
The Herald reported that Mugabe’s widow, Grace, was listed as the sole surviving spouse while Bona, Robert, Bellarmine and stepson Russel Goreraza were listed as surviving children.
Following Mugabe’s death many had hoped Mnangagwa would fare better but the hardships that Zimbabweans suffered under Mugabe have returned to haunt the country.
According to the World Bank, extreme poverty is likely to affect 5.7 million Zimbabweans this year – equivalent to 34 percent of the population, after 29% in 2018.
Gross domestic product is likely to contract by 7.5% in 2019, it says.
Zanu Pf attacks Chin’ono over Covid-19 scandal
By Bloom Tizora
Zimbabwean journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono is under fire from ruling party Zanu Pf. In a statement today Zanu Pf spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa said, “ZanuPf, has noted with concern, the systematic, well-choreographed and sponsored attacks on the integrity of First Family by unscrupulous characters such as Hopewell Chin’ono this time targeting the President’s son (Collins Mnangagwa)”.
Collins is linked to Delish Nguwaya of Drax International the company being used to loot the Zimbabwe State through Covid-19 procurements according to Chin’ono.
After the ZanuPf press conference, Chin’ono said, “My life is in danger after ZanuPf attacked me personally through their spokesperson Patrick Chinamasa accusing me of targeting the Mnangagwa family”.
” ZanuPf should not intimidate journalists using fear, I will not be cowed from saying the truth”, he said.
Since taking power from Robert Mugabe, Emmerson Mnangagwa family has been accused of corruption by many people.
OPEN LETTER TO COMMISSIONER-GENERAL OF ZIMBABWE REPUBLIC POLICE
Dear CGP Godwin Matanga Sir,
I address you, not because I am a former policeman but as a patriotic and peace-loving Zimbabwean. I have decided not to use the proper channel to address you since I am in pain and a great shock. As enshrined in the Constitution of Zimbabwe, the Police Service must protect and secure the lives of people living in the country. And it should also maintain law and order.
I have read the gruesome murder of an innocent civilian Paul Munakopa by our police officers from Hillside Police Station in Bulawayo. Mr. Munakopa died of injuries after officers opened fire at his vehicle on Saturday 23 May 2020. It pains me to see this kind of police brutality happening daily to my fellow citizens.
Chapter 4 of the Constitution of Zimbabwe is loud and clear ‘RIGHT TO LIFE’. As told by Mr. Munakopa’s wife he was not armed or possession of any weapon. It’s now over a week you have done nothing to bring the culprit to book. Look at what is happening in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States of America last week, a policeman killed an unarmed man, George Floyd. In less than 48 hours the cop was fired from police service and arrested for third-degree murder. The same should happen to the late Paul case here in Zimbabwe.
A fortnight ago three female opposition activists were arrested for staging an illegal demonstration in Harare. The activists were abducted and sexually assaulted whilst in police custody. As a former policeman, I am aware sir, every accused person in police custody is subject to booking and every occurrence at a police station is recorded in the Occurrence Book. What happened to these three ladies? I am praying for your immediate resignation from the Police Service since you do not deserve to lead such a vital government department. It’s far much better to concentrate on farming at your farm. We are sick and of human abuse by Zimbabwe security agents.
Yours in pain
Bloom Tizora (Author of 2 books, blogger, writer and former Zimbabwe policeman)
Zimbabwe Is Having A Political Showdown During The Corona Shutdown
As the world is grappling with the Corona pandemic, Zimbabwe, an economically bedridden country which was once the bread basket of Africa has its political landscape filled with drama of political power struggles whose episodes even extend into the court galleries.
At the forefront is the battle of leadership of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party which was headed by the late former Premier of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai but was now subject to contention between Nelson Chamisa and ThokozaniKhupe.
Chamisa who claims to be the winner in the country’s last presidential elections under the MDC Alliance ticket is the main challenger to the Mnangagwa led government while Khupeheaded the MDC-T which garnered 45 626 votes in the presidential race which had millions of voters.
With Zimbabwe’s Corona linked shutdown, many businesses were instructed to close with the exception of essential services providers, thus the courts were busy with the matter and later politicians had to brave the pandemic and hold press conferences about the court verdict.
Even though she does not have a strong mainstream political backing from the majority of ordinary card carrying members of the whole MDC movement, Khupe who enjoys a cordial political relationship with the ZANU Pf led government claimed to be the rightful leader and won in the court of Law.
With typical treachery, deception, rebellion and betrayal which is common in most power struggles, the Chamisa led group is faced with a serious test of survival as key elements that have seemingly stood as allies to the youthful leader are proving to be having Khupe’s back.
Some politically active Professors like Welshman Ncube and Jonathan Moyo have stood on Chamisa’s side in this struggleand labelled the court decision as a non-event.
“The lie that whomever is the President of the MDCT is President or leader of the MDC Alliance is being propagated by desperate charlatans. Clause 3.1 of the Alliance agreement only provided that Tsvangirai would be the Alliance Presidential candidate for the 2018 elections.
…In the event of the unavailability of Tsvangirai the Alliance agreement provided that the MDCT would nominate the Presidential candidate, subject to the approval of Alliance partners. Chamisa was so nominated and approved.”Welshman Ncube tweeted on the 1st of April 2020
Other commentators argue that Khupe’s leadership of the MDC based on the technicalities of the court victory does not translate to winning the hearts of the electorate, most which are staunch supporters of Nelson Chamisa.
The power struggle in the MDC has even sucked Mnangagwa’sZanu Pf as the kingpin of the MDC power struggles in order to dilute and weaken Chamisa’s rise against the incumbent president of the country as alleged by David Coltart.
On the 31st of March 2020 after the judgement, David Coltartwho is the MDC Treasurer blamed Mnangagwa for infiltration of his party and said that those behind such schemes will be harshly judged by history.
“The only good thing about today’s judgement is that it lays bare once and for all who had infiltrated the #MDC. Their identities are all now known, working as theyare hand in glove with the Mnangagwa regime. History will judge them harshly. #Zimbabwe” Coltart said.
Jonathan Moyo took a dig at the court for their judgment in the matter and accused people like Douglas Mwonzora of betrayal and power mongering.
“It’s unreasonable & absurd in the extreme for a court to find, as the Supreme Court did in the Khupe matter, that the case is water under the bridge & moot; but rule that it will construct a new bridge in the vain hope of recovering the spilled water to give life to a moot cause!
…It is a pity that @DMwonzora sees things in terms of enemies and not in terms of the truth. Mwonzora has been reaching out to #Zanu Pf & the #CIOs to get support for the leadership of the @mdczimbabwe for a long time. He knows I know & have proof because he approached me directly!”Moyo said on Twitter.
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