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Cleaners steal $150,000 cash from ousted Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe

Three suspected thieves are on trial in Zimbabwe for robbing the country’s ousted president, Robert Mugabe.

The three suspects include two cleaners who carried out the theft and a relative of Mr Mugabe who gave them the keys to his rural home.

A relative of the ex-president, Constantia Mugabe and the two cleaners are accused of stealing a suitcase containing the money.

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

Mr Mugabe, now 94, was forced out of office by Zimbabwe’s military in 2017.

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