AFRICANGLOBE – Contrary to western media claims that President Robert Mugabe is a billionaire, having creamed off the country’s coffers over the 34 years he has led Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwean leader is actually the world’s poorest leader, his wife has said.
“Mugabe is the poorest president the world over,” Grace Mugabe told traditional chiefs gathered to show their support for her political ambitions at the First Lady’s home in Mazowe Tuesday.
Diplomatic cables released by whistle-blower syndicate WikiLeaks claimed the United States had discussed ways of seizing Robert Mugabe’s alleged fortune which is said to be in excess of US$1 billion and allegedly deployed in various bank accounts and assets held abroad.
But the Zimbabwean leader challenged the West to prove he has any money hidden outside the country, adding they can donate to charity every penny they manage to find.
In Harare, the First Family now live in a private Borrowdale mansion, venue for Bona’s wedding this year on which Mugabe reportedly spent US$5 million.
The residency is so fiercely guarded from prying eyes that photographers at the wedding were told to focus their lenses only on the wedding party and not the venue for security reasons.
In an interview with British broadcaster Sky, Mugabe said the property was a retirement home, gifted to him by Zanu PF out of gratitude for leading the country. Funding had come from the party, he added, as well as friends such as former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad.
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