The cash-strapped Zimbabwean government is to fight a potentially embarrassing legal case in Hong Kong over a £4 million luxury villa said to be one of the favourite properties of the first lady, Grace Mugabe.And the Mugabes' daughter who lived in it while a student in Hong Kong.
Asked how they could afford the expensive property in the New Territories, the Mugabes claimed it belonged to the Zimbabwean government and their daughter had been “borrowing it”.
[President] Mugabe has subsequently claimed the original purchase of the flat was part of a “secret government project”.Then there's;
... the construction of about two dozen cottages for Mrs Mugabe on land she took from white farmers about 24km west of Harare, and which formed the basis of her orphanage.Financed by businessman Jack Ping, who also was involved with Grace Mugabe's mining ventures;
The case [in Hong Kong] threatens to shed light on the long relationship between Ping and Mrs Mugabe. They were jointly connected to a number of failed platinum and gold-mining ventures in Zimbabwe several years ago, according to documents in the country’s mines ministry.We thought diamonds were a girl's best friend.