Monday 19 March 2018

Mugabe's £180m cousin

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe

Peta Thornycroft, Johannesburg

A cousin of Robert Mugabe accumulated assets worth an estimated £180m (€217m), according to a divorce case in Zimbabwe that has thrown a rare spotlight on the vast wealth acquired by the regime's inner circle.

Details of Phillip Chiyangwa's assets were placed before the Harare high court by his wife, Elizabeth, who is seeking 85pc of her husband's assets and maintenance of £53,000 (€64,000) a month for 10 years.

Although Zimbabweans are aware that some prominent members of the ruling Zanu-PF party have grown very rich since independence in 1980, it is unusual for the details of these fortunes to be exposed. The list of Mr Chiyangwa's assets included more than 100 properties.There are several farms on the list, although it is not clear whether these were taken from white farmers since the start of Zanu-PF's land grab in 2000, or whether Mr Chiyangwa (63) bought them. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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