Zimbabwe experienced almost forty years under Robert Mugabe’s dictating regime of fear and violence. During that time Mugabe plundered the country’s resources sharing the spoils with his closest cronies. Thus, making him the biggest thief in Zimbabwe and subsequently contributing immensely to Zimbabwe becoming a “failed state.”

Therefore, when news broke that the former president lost US$150 000 cash to employees at his rural home in Zvimba. The question becomes does Mugabe deserve sympathy for his loss? According to the Herald, the money was stolen at Mugabe’s rural home in Zvimba between December 1, 2018 and January 5, 2019.

The suspects are Constancia Mugabe (50), Johanne Mapurisa (50) and Saymore Nhetekwa (47) who have all appeared before Chinhoyi magistrate Mr Felix Mawadze facing theft charges. The trio have been granted $2 000 bail each and remanded to January 24. They were further ordered to report at Kutama Police Station every Friday between 8am and 4pm and to surrender their travelling documents. 

The Herald states that “The prosecution, led by Mrs Teveraishe Zinyemba, is alleging that sometime between December 1 2018 and January 5 this year, the trio connived with Andrew Mahumbe, who is still at large, to steal a briefcase containing US$150 000 in cash as they were cleaning the house.” Constancia Mugabe kept the keys to the house and had unlimited access to all its rooms. Investigations also revealed that the trio had accumulated unexplained wealth, which included cars, a residential stand and livestock.

While thievery should never be condoned, perhaps the Mugabe’s should be questioned why they have large amounts of cash at home instead of the bank. The very same Mugabe used to complain that people were not depositing money into the banks yet he is the main culprit.

Post Mugabe’s presidency why are the Mugabe’s continuing to be caught with excessive wealth which is unaccounted for while millions go without basics amid grinding poverty.