Robert Mugabe’s ex-president, the eldest son, was arrested for allegedly damaging property at a party.
Robert Mugabe Jr, 31, is the second child of , the late authoritarian leader and his wife Grace. He is accused of causing $12,000 worth of damage to cars belonging to his friend Sindiso Nakatazo (also 31).
According to Zimbabwean news site ZimLive.com, the allegations concern a party that Mugabe Jnr attended in Harare’s upmarket area over the weekend.
It showed Mugabe Jnr walking towards Harare Magistrates Court on Monday.
Mugabe Jnr refutes the accusations of malicious damage to property, and claims he is innocent.
Ashiel Mugiya, his lawyer, told reporters outside court that the charges had not been dropped against him and that the two were in negotiations to reach an out-ofcourt settlement according to ZimLive.com.
If these negotiations fail to succeed, Mugabe Jnr will have to be summoned back before the court, Mr Mugiya stated.
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This court appearance is made ahead of celebrations planned in Zimbabwe for his father’s birthday.
Mugabe Jnr will be visiting Lupane Tuesday to attend an event officiated Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Mugabe passed away in 2019 at 95. This was two years after he was forced to resign after 37 years of power.
Former right-hand man of Mugabe, President Mnangagwa has replaced him.
Mugabe led the fight against white minority rule in Zimbabwe, which was then called Rhodesia by the British colonial title of Rhodesia.
Although he is deeply divided, some see him as a revolutionary who helped Zimbabwe achieve independence.
Mugabe was however accused of economic mismanagement during his presidency. He also faced a variety of human rights violations, including the use of violence to win elections, and denial of food aid to opposition-supporting areas.