Former employees accused of stealing goods worth US$500,000 from Mugabe’s residence – The Zimbabwe Mail

Grace Mugabe

HARARE – Four men who were employees of former first lady Grace Mugabe have appeared in court accused of stealing household goods and cutlery valued at approximately US$500,000 from former president Robert Mugabe’s Blue Roof home in Borrowdale, Harare.

The accused, according to ZimLive, identified as Allen Chinamonya (42), Danmore Chinamonya (35), Samson Karonga and Brighton Bunganirwa (46), appeared before Harare magistrate Marehwanazvo Gofa. They are scheduled to apply for bail on Tuesday.

According to state prosecutor Lancelot Mutsokoti, Allen and Danmore worked as gardeners before becoming drivers, with their employment spanning from 2004 to 2022.

Karonga worked as an electrician at Blue Roof, while Bunganirwa worked as a gardener.

The court heard that in 2018, Grace Mugabe brought 11 containers full of various household properties from the House of Representatives following the overthrow of former president Robert Mugabe in 2017. Grace secured these containers with padlocks.

Despite security measures, the prosecution alleged that from 2018 to May 2024, the four defendants conspired to break the locks securing the containers and stole various household items, including televisions, clothing, cutlery and bath towels.

The theft came to light on May 22, 2024, when Grace Mugabe visited the bins to select pieces of artifacts belonging to her late husband to donate to the African Liberation Museum. The case was subsequently reported to Borrowdale police on May 25.

During searches conducted at the residences of Allen Chinamonya and Danmore Chinamonya, police recovered several items, including clothing and bed covers, which Grace Mugabe positively identified as part of the stolen goods.

The value of the stolen goods was estimated at US$500,000, while the total value of the recovered goods amounted to only US$2,000. The four defendants remain in custody pending their bail application hearing.