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Mugabe's 5 million, 25-bedroom palace complete (80% unemployed, 5,000,000 starving)
NewZimbabwe.com ^ | 02/27/2005 18:09:55 | Chipo Sithole

Posted on 02/28/2005 7:30:08 AM PST by dead

CONSTRUCTION has been completed of Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe’s controversial £5 million mansion in Harare’s leafy northern suburbs.

The 25-bedroom private house, built by a Serbian construction company Energoproject to a Chinese architectural design, has two lakes in its 44 acre landscaped grounds and is protected by a multi-million pounds radar system.

Approach roads to the mansion, topped by a Chinese-style roof clad in midnight blue tiles from Shanghai, are off limits to the general public.

THE PALACE MUGABE BUILT

It is understood that some 50 police riot response officers guard the Mugabe palace on a 24- hour basis in cooperation with the much-feared Central Intelligence Organisation, CIO.

Sources in the President’s office told reporters that chemical and biological sensors are strategically positioned on all approaches to the mansion, around 30 kilometres north of the centre of Harare.

“The sensors are supplemented with radiological detection equipment, including radiation pagers on the belts of some of the law enforcement officers,” the presidential source said. “CAAZ (the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe) is policing the area above the house [by helicopter and spotter plane] to ensure that it is a no-fly zone. In addition, the CIO is providing dogs that can sniff out explosives.”

The project, which took three years to complete, is the most visible symbol of how Mugabe and his acolytes have prospered while more than five million of his 11.5 million people are near starvation and will need food aid this year, according to the World Food Programme.

Some 80 per cent of Mugabe’s fellow countrymen are unemployed and those with factory jobs earn an average wage equivalent to about 11 dollars a month.

The size of the house dwarfs by three times the size of State House, the home of the head of state and earlier British governors. Its interior decoration by South African, Arab and Chinese designers is being supervised by 81-year-old Mugabe’s 40-year-old wife, Grace. Its size and expense raises the question of how Mugabe paid for it, since his annual salary until recently was only the equivalent of 44,000 dollars a year.

Opposition MPs have unsuccessfully asked in parliament where Mugabe got the foreign currency to import materials from Europe, the Middle East and China. Zimbabwe has suffered a foreign exchange crisis as a result of the country’s economic collapse, which has seen gross domestic product drop for each of the past seven successive years.

"No extravagance has been spared on the three-storey palace. Marble has been imported from Italy. The finest European crystal, sunken baths with Jacuzzi fittings and oriental rugs are all part of the décor. The soaring ceilings were decorated by Arab craftsmen"

The president was clearly agitated when, in an interview with Sky News reporter Stuart Ramsey broadcast in Britain last year, he denied that the mansion had been built with Zimbabwean taxpayer’s money.

He said the Serbian company had donated material and labour at cost, supplemented by gifts of fine timber from Malaysian prime minister Makathir Mohammad and roof tiles from China. “You say it is lavish because it is attractive,” Mugabe told Ramsey. “It has Chinese roofing material which makes it very beautiful, but it was donated to us – the Chinese are our good friends, you see.”

The source declined to confirm whether Mugabe and his wife have moved into the house, but added that residents in the area of the palace are being subjected to regular security checks.

No extravagance has been spared on the three-storey palace. Marble has been imported from Italy. The finest European crystal, sunken baths with Jacuzzi fittings and oriental rugs are all part of the décor. The soaring ceilings were decorated by Arab craftsmen.

There is a sprawling entertainment area, a master bedroom suite, apartments for each of the three Mugabe children, servants’ quarters, a helicopter pad, extensive garage systems and swimming pools. Mugabe professes to be a Marxist, and on one website which has followed the construction of his new home, a contributor comments, “Marxism is very profitable indeed for those who run it.”

The justice spokesman for the opposition MDC, David Coltart, said, “Until a few years ago it had been assumed that Mugabe himself had not been corrupt. The size of this house suggests otherwise. He must explain to the nation where he got the money from.”

“The palace is an affront to the suffering people of Zimbabwe,” said John Makumbe, a political science lecturer at the University of Zimbabwe and a member of the anti-corruption group, Transparency International. “It shows that Mugabe will need a further push to convince him that he really must negotiate an end to his reign.” – IWPR

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KEYWORDS: mugabe; palace; zimbabwe
Mugabe only earns $44K a year! He's a man of the people.
1 posted on 02/28/2005 7:30:11 AM PST by dead
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To: dead
Outsourced the construction to Serbian's?

Wussa matta? Mud huts not to his liking?

2 posted on 02/28/2005 7:37:13 AM PST by G.Mason ("If you are broken It is because you are brittle" ... K.Hepburn, The Lion In Winter)
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To: dead

When is someone going to fix this situation, like yesterday? This guy is demon possessed!!


3 posted on 02/28/2005 7:41:43 AM PST by Esther Ruth (Zechariah 12:9 ... I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.)
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To: dead

Things are sure better there after they got rid of whitey...


4 posted on 02/28/2005 7:43:32 AM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: cyborg; nopardons

Over here, more madness from Mugabe.


5 posted on 02/28/2005 7:45:59 AM PST by Ironfocus (Love, faith, honor, integrity, duty......)
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To: Ironfocus

Wonder if Jack Straw is reconsidering that handshake.


6 posted on 02/28/2005 7:55:33 AM PST by cyborg (http://mentalmumblings.blogspot.com/)
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To: dead

Hope he built plenty of spider holes.


7 posted on 02/28/2005 8:01:04 AM PST by Caged in Canuckistan (A message from Canada: GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!)
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To: dead
The president was clearly agitated when, in an interview with Sky News reporter Stuart Ramsey broadcast in Britain last year, he denied that the mansion had been built with Zimbabwean taxpayer’s money.

That's nonsense! I stole that money for the national treasury fair and square!

8 posted on 02/28/2005 8:13:32 AM PST by rudypoot
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To: dead

"My tent's up"
-Mugabe


9 posted on 02/28/2005 8:16:41 AM PST by American_Centurion
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To: Clive


10 posted on 02/28/2005 8:53:38 AM PST by Libertarianize the GOP (Make all taxes truly voluntary)
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To: dead

It'll make a nice Ritz Carlton after Mugabe achieves room temperature.


11 posted on 02/28/2005 9:04:34 AM PST by CATravelAgent (Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: dead

"....Mugabe professes to be a Marxist.."

Priceless.




12 posted on 02/28/2005 1:30:34 PM PST by FeliciaCat
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To: FeliciaCat

Mugabe is another in a long line of "fine" African rulers. I believe that Muammar Khaddafi and Idi Amin are his idols.


13 posted on 02/28/2005 3:23:35 PM PST by ssaftler (Politically Correct Isn't!)
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To: dead
It is understood that some 50 police riot response officers guard the Mugabe palace on a 24- hour basis in cooperation with the much-feared Central Intelligence Organisation, CIO

the CIO will probably be the ones that take him out

14 posted on 02/28/2005 4:23:21 PM PST by alrea (Labor is cheap. Government and legal representation is what's expensive.)
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To: dead
The justice spokesman for the opposition MDC, David Coltart, said, “Until a few years ago it had been assumed that Mugabe himself had not been corrupt. The size of this house suggests otherwise. He must explain to the nation where he got the money from.”

Maybe he got the money from Kofi Annan. What a bum...

15 posted on 02/28/2005 4:28:32 PM PST by TheSpottedOwl
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To: dead

Shades of Saddam Hussein!!!


16 posted on 02/28/2005 4:30:22 PM PST by gimme1ibertee
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To: CATravelAgent
It'll make a nice Ritz Carlton after Mugabe achieves room temperature.

It'll never get the chance; it'll be looted and burned to the ground soon after Mugabe is hung by his heels in the courtyard.

17 posted on 02/28/2005 5:05:52 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: Ironfocus

Nothing to see here,move on...the Western bleeding hearts don't care WHAT tyrants do,especially when they're black


18 posted on 02/28/2005 5:35:00 PM PST by nopardons
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To: gimme1ibertee
Mugabe is worse than Saddam,as far as what he's done to Zimbabwe vis-a-vis what Saddam did to the people of Iraq.
19 posted on 02/28/2005 5:37:21 PM PST by nopardons
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To: dead

Why don't we take this guy out?


20 posted on 02/28/2005 5:39:36 PM PST by Vicki (Truth and Reality)
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To: Vicki
lets launch a cruise missile from the uss jimmy carter
21 posted on 02/28/2005 7:53:06 PM PST by al baby (Dick Trickle is not just a medical condition)
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To: dead

They never publish the good stuff in these stories...like the precise GPS coordinates, for example...


22 posted on 02/28/2005 7:56:57 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: dead

“Marxism is very profitable indeed
for those who run it.”


23 posted on 02/28/2005 7:57:44 PM PST by patton (Matthew 6:6)
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