Mugabe quits $500 000 a year Dubai mansion

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has stopped renting a luxury property in an opulent United Arab Emirates (UAE) suburb, a top government official confirmed in reports that appeared at the weekend.

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

President Robert Mugabe
President Robert Mugabe

South Africa’s Sunday Times newspaper reported on Sunday that Mugabe, who was reportedly renting the property for his children, had since moved out.

While Mugabe’s spokesperson, George Charamba told the Sunday Times that the Zanu PF leader had been renting the property, in 2015 it was reported that First Lady Grace Mugabe had bought a house in the same neighbourhood for around $1 million, according to a Dubai estate agent, who claimed to have sold her the property.

“As a responsible father, President Mugabe rented that property for his son, who was studying in Dubai. The property is no longer there,” Charamba said.

Mugabe’s two sons, Robert Jnr and Chatunga Bellarmine, were reportedly moved to South Africa in January this year.

The relocation followed an “August 2016 incident” involving Robert Jnr that remains shrouded in mystery.

Early this year, a legal row over the purchase of a $1,35 million diamond ring by Grace from Lebanese businessman, Jamal Ahmed, opened a can of worms, revealing that the Mugabes were paying up to $500 000 annually in rentals for the upmarket villa in Emirates Hills, Dubai.

“The second respondent’s family rents a 10-bedroomed villa at the Emirates Hills in Dubai and the address of the villa is J11. I am able to say that this is an exclusive and upmarket area, where annual rentals are around $500 000,” Ahmed revealed in court papers following the botched ring deal.

Mugabe’s ex-mansion — Villa J11 on Julnar 2 Street — is, according to the Sunday Times, down the road from Villa L35 on Lailak Street reportedly owned by South African President Jacob Zuma.

Zuma is currently in the eye of a storm, with pressure mounting on the governing African National Congress party to recall him on accusations he has allowed a family of Indian origin, the Guptas, to capture the State.


Emirates Hills boasts a championship golf course and “wide, sparkling lakes”.

The estate agent, who claimed he sold the Emirates Hills house to Grace, told the Sunday Times “anyone with a pile of cash could buy a villa in Dubai in no time, with few questions asked”.

“If you’ve got money in the bank, you can do a money transfer. If the money is in cash, which means it’s not legit, we have to find other means. But it’s not a problem,” the agent was quoted saying.

Other famous residents of Emirates Hills include Asif Ali Zardari, husband of assassinated former Pakistani President Benazir Bhutto, who in 2004 was jailed eight years for shady arms deals and money laundering, and former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, deposed by the military in 2006 before being charged with tax evasion in
absentia.

Privacy, security, secrecy and discretion are the watchwords at Emirates Hills. The estate is surrounded by high walls and fences.

Access is strictly controlled and surveillance cameras track visitors.

Architectural plans must be approved by the developer, the State-backed Emaar group, that also constructed the famous Burj Khalifa.

18 Comments

  1. Zimbabwe, a country 10 trillionares and 15 million paupers. May God intervene.

  2. I really like that pic of the president – it really shows his age.

    1. Its his new CHISKOP haircut – no more bottle black hair !

  3. ndaperegwa, saka mujaya uyu aigara oga ikoko, in such extreme luxury………

  4. @Duncer buster , can you imagine apa chirikungoda kutonga , iwo musoro wachena .

  5. And those youths who stay in mud huts but are toyi toying daily to rallies don’t even know they are being abused but those near the seat of power

  6. zvifadza kuverenga aai zvinorwadza mufungwa

  7. Janana wa Bikaz

    His children have been relocated to South Africa most probably in the leaf suburb of Sandton.These stupid and idiotic zanu pf youths keep on toy toying for the old dictator to remain in power until he drops dead, making them even more poorer and jobless.Whatever the nonagenarian gave to these brainless youths to smoke,eish!It has really doing wonders for him his cronnies.Propping up a mafia gang led by a selfish and cruel dictator at the expense of your future and your children’s?God Have Mercy on these dumb zanu pf youths!!!

  8. I wonder where this money is coming from while Mugabe say we are struggling because of sanction .Civil servants are struggling to get salaries to feed their families .Youth unemployment is high.Mugabe must take us serious

  9. We will take all the properties and freeze the fat bank accounts come 2018.

  10. mugabekamboko chaiko hapana kani chaakaitira nyika since 1980.chaanogona kuba maresources enyika odya nemhuri yake.elections anoba achiurayisa vanhu.what a bloody savage asingaoni kuti his days are very few on this earth dai ari umwe munhu aita repent pamwe mwari vanogona kumuregerera all hisevil deeds

  11. we must kill this old shit like what brave lybians did to kadafi and freeze all the accounts for the gain of the nation we tied of being taken for a ride by this old useless brain washer frail shit

  12. The result of being deitised, her-worshipped!!

  13. HEY TARISISA FACE IYO

  14. something not adding up. rental $500 000 per annum bought for $1 million equivalent to 2 years rental

    1. Renting and buying cant be the same price obviously

  15. Ndezvedu izvi kkk. Handei tione!!!

  16. Shame… Things are hard hey, can’t pay your rent Mukoma….

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