Mugabe loses $1m in stolen briefcase as suspected robbers face arraignment

Mugabe loses $1m in stolen briefcase as suspected robbers face arraignment

- The former president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe, has reportedly lost nearly $1 million

- The said sum which was left in Mugabe's briefcase, was allegedly stolen by a gang of robbers who are being arraigned in court

- According to court proceedings, the suspected thieves spent the money on cars, houses and animals

The immediate past president of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe is said to have lost close to $1 million to a gang of robber who stole the money left in a briefcase.

Although three suspects who were accused of stealing a suitcase containing $150,000, appeared in court in December 2018, Mugabe has claimed that he lost more than the sum, BBC reports.

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This, according to emerging reports, is coming at a time when the country's economy is going through some tough times with food prices doubling within a space of one week.

Court proceeding revealed that in 2016 Mugabe took the money to his rural home in Zvimba in a black briefcase when he was still president and reportedly gave the suitcase to Constance Mugabe, a relative serving at the time as his housekeeper.

After his removal from office, Mugabe asked for the briefcase, but Constance claimed she did not know where the money was, although the briefcase was later found with only $78,000 in it.

It is said that the suspected thieves spent the money lavishly on cars, house and livestock. The state prosecutor Teveraishe Zinyemba told Chinhoyi magistrates court: "Johanne Mapurisa bought a Toyota Camry... and a house for $20,000 after the incident.

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

Meanwhile, reported that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had condemned police harassment and violence on protesters in Zimbabwe on Thursday, October 11, 2018, over poor economic conditions of workers in the country.

Ayuba Wabba, NLC president said this in a letter addressed to the president of Zimbabwe, Emmerson Mnangagwa. ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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