The divorce case between the daughter of Zimbabwe’s late former President Robert Mugabe and her husband has exposed the extent of looting by the ZANU PF elites with the listing of staggering wealth allegedly amassed by the family – including residential properties worth almost $80m (£64m).
Bona Mugabe, 33, filed for divorce from former airline pilot Simba Mutsahuni Chikore in March, and asked for the division of assets to be dealt with in a separate court case.
According to reports, Mr Chikore filed court papers on 28 April in response to those of Ms Mugabe.
He is demanding joint custody of the couple’s three children and a share of the assets, which he says include at least 21 farms, some of which were acquired by the Mugabe family during the land reform program about two decades ago. Surely, the government’s “one-man one-farm” policy did not apply to all.
Mr Chikore also lists 25 residential properties, including a mansion in Dubai – with a total value of around $80m, luxury vehicles, farming equipment and hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash.
He says the assets were acquired solely and jointly during their marriage, through inheritance and donations from the late president for work carried out on his behalf.
He added that the assets he has listed are a drop in the ocean, compared to the wealth Ms Mugabe owns.
The two other boys are known for their lavish lifestyle.
Ms Mugabe and Mr Chikore got married at a lavish wedding in 2014 that was attended by several heads of state – and was broadcast live on national television.
Robert Mugabe died in 2019 at the age of 95, reportedly without leaving a will. He is survived by his wife Grace, Bona, two sons and a step-son.
Simba Chikore was appointed the Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Air Zimbabwe in 2016, a move that was criticised by some Zimbabweans who claimed he had landed the post because of his relationship to Robert Mugabe.
On 19 November 2017, it was reported that Chikore had resigned from his post as Air Zimbabwe COO. Chikore apparently resigned just days before the house arrest of his father in-law former President Mugabe as part of the military takeover, November 2017 Military Coup.
He is the son of ZAOGA FIF pastors Sherman Chikore and Christine Chikore and is the third born in a family of four boys and a girl.