- In packing his briefcases, which he reportedly did personally without Grace’s knowledge, Mugabe had stuffed in the nearly US$1 million for his village retirement, anticipating he would go back to his people and lead a rustic existence in the twilight zone of life.
THREE of the four Kutama villagers who allegedly stole nearly US$1 million dollars from the late former President Robert Mugabe in Zvimba have been living in opulence since the strongman’s death, with the full knowledge, they will never account for their misdeeds now that the complainant is dead.
The suspects, Constance Mugabe (50), Saymore Nheketwa (47), Andrew Mahumbe (37) and Johannes Mapurisa were arrested for stealing US$922 000 towards the end of the late Mugabe’s long reign, court documents show.
In packing his briefcases, which he reportedly did personally without Grace’s knowledge, Mugabe had stuffed in the nearly US$1 million for his village retirement, anticipating he would go back to his people and lead a rustic existence in the twilight zone of life.
The money was his village pension package for personal comfort and use with his relatives and community as he reminisced over his history, winding down his largely violent and bloody business on Mother Earth.
The three suspects were Mugabe’s former employees.
However, Nhetekwa, a Mugabe relative, sadly did not enjoy the money for long as he later committed suicide after failing to live with the shame which is still a village scandal.
Mugabe had reportedly stashed the money in four briefcases with books in 2016 without his wife, Grace’s knowledge and took the money to his rural home for his village retirement.
Mugabe’s loot was unfortunately looted. Mapurisa reportedly bought a Toyota Camry and a house for $20,000 after the incident while Nhetekwa also bought a Honda and livestock which included pigs and cattle for an undisclosed amount.
According to Obey Mudimu, a poultry manager at Mugabe’s rural home, the suspects are now leading lavish lifestyles.
“The last time I checked some of them (the accused) were selling cars and others had bought assets,” he said.
Before his death, on 6 September 2019 Mugabe made a last stand in court from Singapore to fight his robbers to get back his money but was able to recover only US$37 000.
Before his death, Mugabe would frequent his rural home over the weekends where he would reportedly hold meetings in the beautiful African savanna village with his kinsman over various community issues.
His widow, Grace, would usually remain at the family’s Blue Roof mansion in Harare whenever the ex-president travelled to Kutama village where he is buried.
Before his death, Mugabe had shown clearly that he still had fire in his belly at 95, making a last stand in court from Singapore to fight his robbers to get back his money.
By the time of his death, Mugabe had US$10 million in his official local bank account, court documents relating to his family estate later showed.
He had no known expensive properties and the frequently reported billions of dollars, but those close to his family still insist he had a lot of money inherited by Grace and his children. – NewsHawks ■