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24 July 2017

Persident Mugabe gifts sister in-law $60,000 on her birthday

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe addresses the ZANU-PF party’s top decision making body, the Politburo, in the capital Harare, February 10, 2016. Mugabe, the only leader that Zimbabwe has ever known, turns 92 this month amid escalating tensions within his ruling ZANU-PF party over who will eventually succeed him. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY – RTX26CYU

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe, reportedly lavished his sister in-law with R780,000 which is approxiamtly $60,000, as she celebrated her 60th birthday on July 23 2017.

According to The Herald newspaper, the 93 year old president and his wife Grace gave Junior Gumbochuma the huge sum, while the couple’s children gave her $10,000.

”The gift was to thank Mrs Gumbochuma, a pastor, for the pivotal role she played in raising the First Family’s children,”

Gumbochuma, who is Grace Mugabe’s elder sister, celebrated her birthday at one of the Mugabes’ farms in Shamva, northeast of Harare.

The Herald newspaper also reported that Zimbabwe’s economy has been on a downturn for over a decade with many banks running out of cash, forcing people to queue for hours to make withdrawals often limited to only $20 a day.

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