Dictator Robert Mugabe Left $10m, But No Will

The money was in a foreign currency account with a local bank, the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ), according to the report.

Robert Mugabe
Under Zimbabwean laws, the estate of a person who dies without a will is distributed between their spouse and children.

Zimbabwe’s late former leader Robert Mugabe left $10m and a number of properties but no will naming his beneficiaries.

Mugabe, who died in September while receiving treatment for prostate cancer in Singapore, also left four houses in the capital, Harare, as well as a farm, 10 cars and 11 hectares (27 acres) of land that included an orchard at his rural home where he was buried.

One of the properties is the palatial home known as Blue Roof in an upmarket Harare suburb where Mugabe lived.

The list does not include several farms that he reportedly owned or a dairy business he ran with wife Grace, or any properties outside Zimbabwe.

Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe

“Thus far, we have not been able to locate a will, but have sent out enquiries to other law firms, although the family members are not aware of any,” Mugabe’s lawyer Terrence Hussein wrote in a letter to the High Court that was quoted by the Herald.

A diplomatic cable from the US Embassy in Harare in 2001 that was published by WikiLeaks.

It said Mugabe was rumoured to have more than $1bn of assets in Zimbabwe and overseas but that it had no reliable information.

Social media posts showing his sons Robert Jr and Bellarmine Chatunga with bottles of expensive champagne at a Johannesburg nightclub and reports of Grace’s shopping sprees have offered tantalising glimpses of the family’s lavish spending.

A legal dispute in 2014 over a $5m villa in Hong Kong suggested the family had been buying overseas property. The government said it owned the house.

Who was Robert Mugabe?

Robert Mugabe
His rule were characterised by food shortages, widespread joblessness and the use of brutal force against his opponents.

Mugabe, who died aged 95, once said in jest that he would remain in power until he turned 100.

He was ousted after 37 years in power in 2017 and replaced by his former deputy Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Many had hoped Mnangagwa would fare better but the hardships that Zimbabweans suffered under Mugabe have returned to haunt the country.

Gross domestic product is likely to contract by 7.5 percent in 2019, it says.


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