Mugabe ‘lost $1m not $150,000’ in briefcase theft

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Nearly $1m (£914,000) in cash was stolen from a briefcase belonging to Zimbabwe’s former President Robert Mugabe, the state-owned Herald newspaper reports – quoting “updated court documents”.

Three people appeared in court on 10 January accused of stealing a suitcase containing $150,000, but Mr. Mugabe says he lost much more.

In 2016, when he was still president, Mr. Mugabe reportedly took the money to his rural home in Zvimba in a black briefcase, giving the suitcase to Constance Mugabe, a relative who also served as his housekeeper, for safe keeping.

Last March, four months after he had been forced out of office by the military, he asked for the briefcase, but Constance Mugabe said she did not know its whereabouts.

He later asked other staff to look for it – and this was when it was found but with only $78,000 inside, The Herald reports.

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