By Ryan Velez
The eyes of international news rarely go to Africa, but the recent resignation of Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe has drawn an array of interest to the country. Infamous for decades, the former oldest head of state in the world has been held responsible for a massive wealth disparity where the average GDP per capita is less than Afghanistan. However, not everyone is suffering, as the children of property moguls and politicians are more than happy to flaunt their wealth, reports news.com.au.
Two of the most prominent examples are Mugabe’s own sons, Robert Jr, 25 and Bellarmine Chatunga Mugabe, 21, who love to show off what they own on social media. Earlier this year, Bellarmine Chatunga, posted a photograph of his watch with the caption: “$60,000 on the wrist when your daddy run the whole country ya know!!!” A video later emerged of the 21-year-old dousing his watch with a $400 bottle of Armand de Brignac gold champagne.
In September this year, Grace’s Mugabe’s eldest son Russell Goreraza, 33, imported two Rolls Royce limousines into the bankrupt country. Grace herself has been infamous for her high-class lifestyle, earning the nickname “Gucci Grace” for her extravagance while the country is poor.
It’s important to note that Zimbabwe’s rich kids aren’t all members of the Mugabe family. Sidney Hambira Jr. — the son of a businessman with links to Mugabe — is one associate who was seen posing with a bottle of champagne in a Jaguar. His father has many lucrative infrastructure contracts, and is one of the country’s most expensive businesspeople.
The country even has its own equivalent of the Kardashians— Vanessa Chironga and her sister Michelle, both 28. They are the children of property mogul and politician Philip Chiyangwa who is worth $280 million.
In a 2013 interview with Zimbabwean online radio station, Nehanda Radio, Vanessa revealed growing up in a rich family has been great but people get the wrong idea of them. “I know people think we are mean and untouchable but it is completely the opposite because we are friendly and sociable,” she said. “I don’t brag about being a Chiyangwa. ”
Much of the financial divide stems from a massive decline in agriculture production in the wake of Mugabe’s farm reforms, which included seizing lands from white owners. In 2009 the government dumped the Zimbabwean dollar for the US dollar and the South African rand after the national currency collapsed, causing inflation up to 500 billion per cent.