President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been in power since 2017 but he has been in the limelight for more than four decades and his influence has been felt in those years.
After his predecessor- Mugabe vacated office, it was reported that the state house was in a terrible state that prevented Mnangagwa from moving in immediately. So, where are the president’s residences?
This article discusses President Mnangagwa’s houses, his political career, as well as his biggest controversial moments.
Details about Mnangagwa’s house
Mnangagwa's house is a plush white mansion located in the Chief Mapanzure area, near Lundi Primary School in Zvishavane. It is worth noting that Mnangagwa studied at the same Lundi Primary.
In 2013, a report revealed that Mnangagwa’s house was under 24/7 surveillance by a large team of security personnel.
In addition to his Zvishavane house, Mnangagwa also reportedly has another house in Greystone Park in Harare.
Read also: Former president Edgar Lungu's house.
President Mnangagwa’s new house
In November 2018, it was reported that President Emmerson Mnangagwa was constructing a huge mansion that was possibly intended to be his retirement home.
Mnangagwa’s new house is reportedly located on a large piece of land in Borrowdale suburbs off Crowhill in Harare. The house was reportedly constructed using exotic bricks and other high-end accessories.
During the construction of the house, a few members of the opposition tabled a motion in parliament to question the use of State funds by the president to build a lavish mansion. The motion was promptly stopped by the speaker of the national assembly.
Coming to the president’s defense, the president's spokesperson explained that Mnangagwa was a successful farmer of maize, soya and wheat and he was building his house using the proceeds of the profits made from his investments.
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Emmerson Mnangagwa’s career and rise to state house
Mnangagwa’s political journey began in 1962 during the fight for independence from colonialists and he joined ZAPU’s military wing- Zimbabwe People's Revolutionary Army (ZIPRA) and was sent to train in Tanganyika then Egypt.
He later defected to Robert Mugabe’s newly formed ZANU in 1963 and was recruited to the party’s military wing- ZANLA and after training overseas, he formed the famous Crocodile Gang which attacked white-owned farms. The activities of the Crocodile Gang saw him imprisoned for ten years in 1965 after he was found guilty of bombing a train.
Mnangagwa, who was close to Mugabe, served in several cabinet positions after Zimbabwe gained independence, including Minister of National Security, Minister of Justice, Minister of Rural Housing, and Minister of Defence.
He was appointed as the vice president of Zimbabwe in 2014 but was dismissed in 2017 following his fall-out with President Mugabe.
Emmerson Mnangagwa became the president of Zimbabwe in 2017 following the resignation of President Robert Mugabe
Emmerson Mnangagwa controversies
Throughout his ambitious political career, President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been caught up in some big scandals ranging from alleged corruption to violation of human rights.
One of the biggest controversies surrounding him is his alleged role in the Matabeleland massacre. Mnangagwa was in charge of the intelligence services in the 1980s during the Matabeleland massacre where thousands of civilians were massacred and although he has blamed the military for the killings, no action has ever been taken against anyone.