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Inside Robert Mugabe’s Lavish ‘Blue Roof’ Mansion He Shares With Wife Grace |RN

Jamie Bullen
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This is the lavish mansion owned by Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace while millions of desperate Zimbabweans face starvation.

Photographs of the plush palace, dubbed ‘Blue Roof’, show the 93-year-old tyrant immerses himself in luxury, far away from the pain and suffering felt by ordinary people in the cash-strapped nation.

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The 25-bedroom house, valued at $10 million (£7.5m) in Harare is based in 44-acre grounds fenced off from the public and protected by a multi-million pound security system, The Zimbabwean reported.

Images show the extravagant property decked with marble floors, expensive chandeliers and a swimming pool.

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The pictures were released as evidence Mugabe and his wife lavished millions of themselves while leaving millions to suffer.

They emerged as Mugabe desperately clings onto power after he was sacked as leader of the country’s ruling Zanu-PF party, having driven Zimbabwe to economic collapse.

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Yesterday, party chiefs dumped the man who has led the African nation for the past 37 years and replaced him with his former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa – who Mugabe himself sacked two weeks ago.

It was that decision then which sparked fears among army chiefs that Mugabe was trying to pave the way for his younger wife Grace to seize control of power after he died.

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The ruling party later announced he MUST resign as president by midday today (10am UK time) or face impeachment.

So far, Mugabe has ignored the ultimatum.

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The decision to dump Mugabe means the former state security chief Mnangagwa – known as “The Crocodile” – is now in line to head an interim post-Mugabe unity government that will focus on rebuilding ties with the outside world and stabilising an economy in freefall.

There were scenes of celebration – with singing and dancing – inside the chamber of the Zanu-PF headquarters after the decision to sack Mugabe.

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”He has been expelled,” one of delegates told Reuters. ”Mnangagwa is our new leader.”

However, the news does NOT mean that he has lost the Presidency – yet.

Officially he is still in power – although many have questioned whether that is in reality true after reports earlier this week that he was effectively under house arrest – but it’s a defining moment.

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It is the first step in the process of removing Mugabe as President.

The party also sacked Grace Mugabe – expelling her for life – along with Jonathan Moyo, Saviour Kasukuwere, Ignatius Chombo and Patrick Zhuwao who were seized in what many international observers view as a coup earlier this week.

Zimbabwe’s ruling party had been widely expected to dismiss Mugabe as its leader today to force him to call an end to his 37 years in power peacefully following the coup, the head of the liberation war veterans said.

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Earlier, speaking to Reuters as he walked into an extraordinary meeting of ZANU-PF’s central committee, Chris Mutsvangwa said Mugabe was running out of time to negotiate his departure and should leave the country while he could.

“We are going all the way,” Mutsvangwa said. “He’s trying to bargain for a dignified exit.”

It met earlier today – amid unconfirmed reports that the embattled 93-year-old leader has gone on hunger strike in protest at the de facto military coup earlier this week – and sacked the man who has led them for the last 37 years.

To add insult to injury, they then appointed as their new leader the man Mugabe had sacked himself two weeks ago, his former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa.

It was that decision then which sparked fears among army chiefs that Mugabe was trying to pave the way for his younger wife Grace to seize control of power after he died.

The ruling party later announced he MUST resign as president by midday tomorrow (10am UK time) or face impeachment.

The decision to dump Mugabe means the former state security chief Mnangagwa – known as “The Crocodile” – is now in line to head an interim post-Mugabe unity government that will focus on rebuilding ties with the outside world and stabilising an economy in freefall.

There were scenes of celebration – with singing and dancing – inside the chamber of the Zanu-PF headquarters after the decision to sack Mugabe.

”He has been expelled,” one of delegates told Reuters. ”Mnangagwa is our new leader.”

 However, the news does NOT mean that he has lost the Presidency – yet.

But he is reviled in the West as a despot whose disastrous handling of the economy and willingness to resort to violence to maintain power pauperised one of Africa’s most promising states.

 

Once a regional breadbasket, Zimbabwe saw its economy collapse after the seizure of white-owned farms in the early 2000s, followed by runaway money-printing that catapulted inflation to 500 billion percent in 2008.

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(Source: Mirror)

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