Zimbabwe: Mugabe’s business empire, the death of a dynasty  

By Michelle Chifamba
Posted on Friday, 12 February 2021 18:24

An election poster of Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe hangs on the wall near an orange field at Etheredge farm in Chegutu, April 17, 2009. REUTERS / Philimon Bulawayo

Barely five years after the demise of Zimbabwe's former ruler Robert Mugabe, the vast wealth he owned and accumulated throughout the 37 years of his reign is disappearing.

A great dynasty appears to be sinking into oblivion.

The former president, along with his widow Grace, had acquired numerous businesses over his tenure that included agricultural land, an orphanage, a children’s home and a school.

Losing its monumental glory

Since Mugabe’s ousting, and his death, Grace is reportedly failing to manage their numerous properties, with many of the farms falling into disrepair or being offered up for lease.

In Mazowe, 40km outside the capital, the Mugabes’ Gushungo Dairy Farm is now dilapidated. Its farming equipment was auctioned in 2019 to clear some debts, while other parts are being leased out.