In Summary
  • The suspected thieves allegedly spent the money on cars, homes and animals.
  • A relative of the ex-president, Constantia Mugabe, is among the accused, government-owned media report.
  • Mugabe, now 94, was forced out of office by Zimbabwe's military in 2017.
  • Once famously claiming that a country could never go bankrupt, he was accused of enjoying a lavish lifestyle while presiding over Zimbabwe's economic collapse.

Three people have appeared in court in Zimbabwe, accused of stealing a suitcase containing $150,000 (£117,600, Sh15,269,250) of cash from the country's ousted president, Robert Mugabe.

The suspected thieves allegedly spent the money on cars, homes and animals.

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A relative of the ex-president, Constantia Mugabe, is among the accused, government-owned media report.

She allegedly had keys to Mr Mugabe's rural home in Zvimba, near the capital Harare, and gave the others access.

The other suspects were employed as cleaners at the time of the theft, which allegedly happened sometime between 1 December and early January.

"Johanne Mapurisa bought a Toyota Camry... and a house for $20,000 after the incident," state prosecutor Teveraishe Zinyemba told Chinhoyi magistrates court.

"Saymore Nhetekwa also bought a Honda... and livestock which included pigs and cattle for an undisclosed amount."

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