President splashes on new house

HARARE - President Emmerson Mnangagwa is building a majestic house in the leafy Borrowdale suburb in Harare, which is likely to become his retirement home.

The Daily News crew visited the president’s new home being built on an expansive piece of land with exotic bricks and other accessories fit for a king.

It is not clear how the project is being funded but government insiders claim it is bankrolled by the fiscus with the president expected to pay back the monies.

Recently, opposition legislators tried to table a motion in Parliament to discuss the palatial mansion under construction.

MDC Member of Parliament Virginia Zengeya asked Local Government minister July Moyo during Question Time in the National Assembly what government policy was with regards to the president using State funds to build a lavish mansion.

“I am giving reference to the construction of the private residence which is a multi-billion-dollar property which is being constructed for His Excellency, honourable Mnangagwa in Borrowdale, off Crowhill,” she said amid loud interjections from Zanu PF backbenchers.

Speaker of the National Assembly Jacob Mudenda swiftly stopped her in her tracks.

“Order! Honourable member, the question does not arise,” Mudenda told Zengeya.

Mnangagwa has a modest house in Greystone Park in Harare, has a farm in Kwekwe called Sherwood and a rural home in Mapanzure near Zvishavane.

Contacted for comment yesterday, presidential spokesperson George Charamba declined to be drawn into commenting about the MDC’s motion in Parliament, saying he was not a Member of Parliament.

“Talking about what he is doing by way of investments, that’s really another ballgame altogether. And don’t behave as if the president will be in that State House until his last days on this earth,” Charamba said.

“So there is a distinction between a facility which is availed to him by virtue of the fact that he is the head of State, a sitting head of State and then his investments which he does as VaMnangagwa (Mr) in his private capacity. I laughed when I saw that debate. This man, have you been to his farm?”

Asked if he was referring to Sherwood, Charamba said: “Please, just ask him to invite you to his farm you will see the farming wonders he is doing there.”

Asked if he was suggesting Mnangagwa was a “master farmer”, Charamba, tongue-in-cheek, retorted: “Well, that sounds colonial. I don’t want to use a colonial term. What I know is he is one of the foremost farmers in this country. If you go to GMB where he delivers his produce, if you hear the figures and then you compute that into dollars and cents. That land has no rest.”

Charamba said Mnangagwa was a very successful maize, soya and wheat farmer and was earning good money from his farming venture that qualifies him to build a home for himself through hard work and thrift.

“With level of output at his farm and that he has been in government from 1980 and that he is a lawyer, I would not bother to pay attention to a motion which talks about his capacity to build a home for his family. I mean, it’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous, yes,” Charamba told the Daily News.

“There is serious production there and his young brother manages the farm. You know he was doing between seven and 10 tonnes per hectare. The general average that is being done in this country at most has been three to five t/ha.”

Comments (9)

Any successful farmer can build a house anywhere in the country for a couple of Millions.....but real farmers do not live in Borrowdale , Chisipite , Greystone park etc....they are rural. We need that element - kumapfanya kunema dzimba dzinema puru nema kotsi se kedu kuno. I wonder tho , why previous farmers were poor investors. Kana imba kumbare zvinoita dzokwavanotengesa ma vegie.....hazvirevi kuti havakwanise kugara kwakanaka.

Zizo inobasira. - 24 November 2018

When you are ED and have prospered from the money that has poured out of M & S Syndicate for nearly 40 years you can build a house anywhere in the world and the cost is irrelevant. M & S was/is the company owned by ZANUPF that fronted as the indigenous buyer of companies such as Kingstons, Tregers, Duty Free airport shops etc - big money flowed to M&S after the foreign owners were squeezed out in the early 1980's. Ed was the man behind it all ably run by the Indian Joshi brothers from Malawi

ace mukadota - 24 November 2018

Until we begin to appreciate each other's success, we will always languish in poverty like crabs in a bucket. A white man can build a mansion and nobody utters a single word against it or questions his source of wealth. We need to change our mindset and learn to appreciate others success without feeling threatened in any way. Let us grow up and take our position as man in this world.

Order - 24 November 2018

why is this even surprising....the source of this opulence should be obvious to all, even slow learners

alternative - 24 November 2018

All the building materials must be purchased in the country in future. I think we can manufacture all the building materials kuna ma exotic bricks acho. If the bricks are not made in Zim etc , hawufanire kuvaka kusvika mapepa abuda , its not an issue , we have to abide by the rule book for safety reasons. Kuyanceda , 100000 vanhu vachava nemabasa muna 2019/21. Handitika va purezidhendi ?

Building Standards Agency , Kwekwe. - 24 November 2018

iwe Order how daft can you be? so he can steal and plunder our resources and build a mansion and we mustn't complain because he's black? give your head a shake

Moe Syszlack - 24 November 2018

Kana dzimba dzekumusha , hauchangokanyi ivhu woita zvidhinha kana kuzora mapango , its eco friendly fine asi we have to modenise rural builds...zvinoyenda pabepa , zvorongwa ne kompyuta , yoyisa mumashinari wovaka. Musha wangu kwa rwizi hawufanire kusiyana neweshamwari yangu Ku chippingN kana cape winelands. Komputa ichaziva mishayese , kwavakutsva nemoto kana kwapindanjodzi ndekupi. Kana kukapinda mbavha mudura kana gudo mumunda urikure unoziva woronga yekutamba. Zvikarongwa mushe , kana problem ye currency inopera.Vana ngavayende kuchikoro , 6mnths brick + tile skills , panekukiya kiya ma blue roofs odonha.

Earl of Binga - 24 November 2018

Where did ED practice as a lawyer for him to earn money from there, George just tell us about his farm and loot period. Zveu lawyer does not help in this instance.

Qawe laMaqawe - 25 November 2018

For how long shall Zanu Pf thuggery continue impoverishing the people of Zimbabwe?????

Eddy - 27 November 2018

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