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Mugabe’s suitcase of cash stolen

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Three people arraigned in court in Zimbabwe after being accused of stealing a bag containing approximately $150,000 of cash from the country’s former president Robert Mugabe.

According to media report, a relative of the ex-president, Constantia Mugabe is among the accused who is alleged to have given access to the other suspects to Mr. Mugabe rural home in Zvimba near the capital Harare.

The other suspects were employed as cleaners at the time of the theft, which allegedly happened some time between 1st December and early January.

The suspected thieves allegedly spent the money on cars, homes and animals.

“Johanne Mapurisa bought a Toyota Camry and a house for $20,000 after the incident,” state prosecutor Teveraishe Zinyemba told Chinhoyi magistrates court.

“Saymore Nhetekwa also bought a Honda and livestock which included pigs and cattle for an undisclosed amount.”

Mr Mugabe who is 94, had been in power for 37 years until when he was forced out of office by Zimbabwe’s military in 2017.

Since retiring, Mugabe has had difficulty walking and has spent several months in Singapore for medical treatment.