Mugabe home invaded again, 119 laptops stolen - report

2018-04-07 14:39
Robert Mugabe. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

Robert Mugabe. (Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, AP)

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Zimbabwean former president Robert Mugabe's home has again been invaded, just less than a week since a similar break-in was reported in his Mazowe farm.

According to NewsDay, at least 119 laptops and seven desktop computers which were in a locked containers at the Polo Grounds adjacent to Zimbabwe House were allegedly stolen.

It was understood that the theft was discovered on Tuesday, when the Mugabes were moving their belongings from Zimbabwe House to their private residence in Borrowdale.

"They broke into three containers using a bolt cutter. The containers had personal belongings of the (former) First Family. When Mugabe resigned after the military intervention, the former First Family was asked to remove their belongings and because of limited time, some of the items were left in containers at Polo Grounds next to the presidential helipad," an unnamed source was quoted as saying.

The reportedly stolen equipment was going to be donated to unnamed schools in the country. 

The ex-president's wife Grace had since made a police report under case no CR110/04/18 and a detective Nyabonde was in charge of the investigation.

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This came just a few days after a senior government official said that the former first lady was this week lying about illegal gold miners stealing laptops and illegally mining gold in one of her properties.

The state-owned Herald newspaper reported this week that Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu had since dismissed the ex-first lady claims as lies, adding that the break in at the first family orphanage school was an inside job.

Mpofu said that there was an ongoing court dispute between the former first family and three mining syndicates.

He said the syndicate had approached the high court and were issued with a provisional order barring police and Gushungo holdings from interfering with their mining activities under case no HC293/18.

Mpofu also said that the security personnel at the former first family farms had been decreased to a bare minimum following their removal from power last year.

He said the decrease in security personnel was in line with constitutional provisions.

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