Bona's opulent mansion present complete

Bona’s opulent mansion present complete

via Bulawayo24 NEWS | Bona’s opulent mansion present complete 25 June 2014 by Mary-Kate Kahari

HARARE – An online publication, The Telescope News, on Tuesday reported that  Zimbabwe’s first daughter, Bona Nyepudzai Mugabe, has been presented with keys to a new multi-million dollar plush mansion in Mazowe, as a belated wedding gift by her spendthrift mother, Grace Mugabe, to secure her daugther’s future, although the family reportedly owns an array of other villas and real estate property inside and outside the country.

The three-storey mansion, which has been constructed by a reputable Chinese construction firm, and almost the same size as the Mugabe’s famous Borrowdale “blue roof” mansion, will come as another bonanza for Nyepudzai, after President Mugabe surrendered his historic Mt Pleasant house, at 40 Quorn Road where he lived before he became prime minister in 1980, together with his first wife Sally Mugabe as an official present for his daughter who tied the knot in May to mysterious pilot husband, Simba Chikore.

Revelations of Bona’s mansion, which was first widely reported by local media, as belonging to Grace, with other sections speculating that, the mansion built at Mapfeni Farm, was Mugabe’s new mansion, come amid reports that Mugabe’s youngest son, Bellarmine Chatunga, is set to inherit his father’s Borrowdale palace, which Mugabe claims is a donation from his Zanu PF party.

“That mansion in Mazowe ndeya Bona (is for Bona),” said a staffer at Amai Mugabe Junior School in Mazowe, which is opposite to the massive property. “We got wind that the President has declared that their official residence in Borrowdale, is to be inherited by Chatunga. Although the boy is naughty, VaMugabe (Mugabe) has a soft spot for him. You know they say a child you make in your old age, represents your strength. Initially Bona, was meant to move into the Borrowdale mansion later, but Mugabe wants that mansion to be in Chatunga’s name. So an alternative has been found for Bona.”

The President’s Office insisted on  a written fax, before being able to respond, to our questions. “We do not take direct calls from reporters. Please send us a written fax, with your inquiry,” said a press officer.

Bona’s mansion is coming at a heavy price for farmers and ordinary farm workers in the area. The first lady has been seizing land without ceasing since the land reform blitz began in 2000, turning Mazowe into a personal family fiefdom. Grace Mugabe, despite allegedly displacing hundreds of families, and costing a citrus concern its business after claiming more land on the company’s farm, argues that she needs the land to develop her many projects, including the expansion of her orphanage in the area. There are also plans to expand the Amai Mugabe Junior School, and ambitions of constructing a university, sources said this week.

The first family acording to press reports, is also linked to the eviction of over 900 families at Manzou Farm in Mazowe, following indications that the Mugabe’s wants to annex the property and turn it into a wildlife sanctuary.

“The land is no longer sufficient to sustain the projects the First Lady has on her sleeves,” said Minister of State for Provincial Affairs in Mashonaland Central, Martin Dinha, recently and publicly promising the Mugabes more land in his province.

“We are working on the papers to stretch the land so that she can have more land to do her projects. Some people might say ‘The First Lady is greedy, why does she want more land?’, but we are saying it is justified for her to have more land.”

Mazowe residents and farmers who spoke to this publication , say the new Mapfeni farm mansion, has been built using local materials, but most of the interior designs and security equipment is from Hong Kong and China. Some of the features of the imposing mansion, among other things includes:

  • Two conical towers similar to the Great Zimbabwe towers on either side of the gate.
  • Two metres high security wall.
  • State of the art surveillance cameras.
  • Luxurious carport.
  • Swimming pool and modern gym.
  • Numerous bedrooms and bathrooms.
  • Guest house.

The first family’s other known mansions are in Hong Kong, and Malaysia. In Malaysia, Mugabe, reportedly owns another luxurious villa located in Bukit Tunku in Kaula Lumpur.

Bukit Tunku is famed for being the Beverly Hills of Malaysia, and is somewhat similar to Harare’s posh Borrowdale Brooke enclave housing the country’s powerful elites, where residents share almost the same address but with different house numbers and unique security provisions.


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    zanupf fear me 4 years

    The more the criminals build the more we will seize to turn into orphanages clinics schools. They will lose all. Be guided accordingly chikore chiyangwa khalfan rautenbach van hogstraaten bredenkamp kaukonde mliswa all the rogues will be declared prescribed persons like mutumwa mawere and lose everything

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    Reverend 4 years

    Enjoy it while you can bona and simba, methinks you may be living abroad soon.

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    Petal 4 years

    The First Lady is greedy- Greedy Greedy Disgrace Gucci

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      Shamhu YeNhanzva 4 years

      I agree Petal & unfortunately it’s not just her. All our leaders don’t care about the economy, jobs or anyone else. As long as they have multiple farms, mansions, businesses, cars, they are good. In fact our MPs constantly demand new cars even if the ones they have are fairly new & operational. This greed & selfishness needs to stop!

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        Petal 4 years

        For sure the next thing we will be hearing is that when these thieving scumbags die they will want to be embalmed and buried in a casket made of diamonds

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    Petal 4 years

    this Greedy Disgrace Gucii can be likened to thatke that Imelda Marcos the former first lady of the Phillipines – a real greedy woman

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    Petal 4 years

    They forget their upbringing these thieving scumbags

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    MikeH 4 years

    This mugabe crowd are heading for a rude awakening and a very rough landing when they finally come back down to earth, very rude and rough indeed.

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    Wilbert Mukori 4 years

    What makes this public display of wealth so obscene is the grinding abject poverty millions of ordinary Zimbabwe are facing.

    All looted wealth must be recovered and given to the poor whose lives the corruption and looting has made a living hell.

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      Don Cox 4 years

      Most of the stolen money has been spent on worthless bling and can never be recovered.

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    Khusto 4 years

    Its gud for the firstfamily coz its a choosen family so why not.

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    Mlimo 4 years

    Bring back the French Revolution guillotine and all I will book a front row seat to see graces head come off .

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    LUCY 4 years

    Ill got ill spend.

    you can only reap what you have sowed.

    living on borrowed time.

    enjoy it while it lasts

    thief’s daughter

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      Shamhu YeNhanzva 4 years

      Right on LUCY. She’s getting the best training in the art of looting & plundering from the true masters in this business!

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    ShabbaRanks 4 years

    There is a rumor of a large force of mercenaries building up outside the borders of Zimbabwe, preparing for a surprise attack on the government leadership, army and Mugabe himself.

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    The President’s Office insisted on a written fax, before being able to respond, to our questions. “We do not take direct calls from reporters. Please send us a written fax, with your inquiry,” said a press officer.

    Who uses a fax in this golden generation of innovative technology , zveshuwa takasara!

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    Tjingababili 4 years


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    Mscynic 4 years

    Horrible looking opulent bling. Ostentatious lack of taste. Can’t buy or appropriate breeding, manners, brains integrity, compassion. All symbols no substance .

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    Guvnor 4 years

    Deliver us from evil and wickedness, and restore Zimbabwe fortunes.

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    cynthia 4 years

    they should enjoy the stolen wealth while it lasts,,,its soon gonna come to an end

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    NMDJ 4 years

    The Mugabes are in denial. do they honestly think their children will be able to hold on to these riches as soon as mugabe dies and the party falls apart? All of this wealth will be appropriated by the state and they will be exiled to malaysia or were ever they will be welcomed. classic dictatorial tendencies but, like all classic dictatorial tendencies, they all soon fall apart. The mugabes days are numbered!!!!

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    Johno 4 years

    What about Robert Junior? This is the dilemna of being the “in-between” child. First and last borns are usualy the favourites.!Poor boy.

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    Dhonodzo 4 years

    At the end of all this we all will be losers as the nation will be ruined not worth living in and one way or another will continue to leave Zimbabwe for so called greener pastures.

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    Car door tea care moon 4 years

    I’m yet to see a Doves Morgan Funeral hearse hauling a trailer loaded with possessions on its way to the Heroes Acres. This may be the first time I see one