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. The three were Mugabe’s former employees.
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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. He said:
The last time I checked some of them (the accused) were selling cars and others had bought assets.
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.