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Mugabe family on spending spree as dad 'naps' at UN General Assembly

Mugabe family on spending spree as dad 'naps' at UN General Assembly


The 72nd United Nations General Assembly week has been characterized by controversies in Zimbabwe over the expenditure of President Robert Mugabe’s sons in Harare and New York.

Grace Mugabe’s son Russell Gorereza welcomed two new luxury cars to his fleet of vehicles last Friday, and were spotted in the streets of Harare as well as flaunted in a leaked video drawing lots of criticism online.

The two Rolls Royce Wraiths luxury cars which cost between $400,000 and $500,000 were bought from neighbouring South Africa, local South African media portal Sowetan Live reports.

The cars are an addition to his several luxury cars including a Porsche Cayenne‚ 2017 Range Rover Sport SVR, Range Rover Autobiography, two Mercedes Benzes among others with personalised car plates bearing his initials RG.

Back in New York where Mugabe took along a 70-member delegation including his wife Grace Mugabe to participate in the United Nations General Assembly, his son Bellarmine Chatunga was spotted shopping in the city with a bodyguard carrying his shopping bags.

The two were captured by the Voice of America on Tuesday when President Mugabe was also caught by the cameras at the United Nations headquarters seemingly taking a nap during U.S. President Donald Trump’s address.

This is one of the several moments Mugabe has been captured on camera in a napping posture which his spokesman George Charamba says he just closes his eyes per advise from his optician to avoid bright lights.

Zimbabweans criticized the lavish lifestyle of the first family and have attacked Mugabe for sending his family to New York on taxpayers’ money when the people cannot even withdraw money from banks due to shortage of dollars.

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