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Robert Mugabe’s playboy son pours £200 champagne over his £45,000 diamond-encrusted watch as Zimbabweans starve

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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe’s playboy son filmed himself pouring a £200 bottle of champagne over his £45,000 diamond watch – as his countrymen starve.

Chatunga Bellarmine Mugabe and his older brother Robert Jr are seen partying at a nightclub in a Snapchat video.

Robert Jr, 25, appears with his arm draped around a young woman in the club in Sandton, South Africa, where the brothers are based .

The camera then turns to 21-year-old Chatunga and an unidentified pal, who is seen pouring a gold bottle of Armand de Brignac Ace Of Spades champagne over his luxury watch.

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The brothers arrogantly flaunted their wealth while three quarters of Zimbabweans reportedly live below the poverty line.

Shameless Chatunga even bragged on social media that he could afford the diamond-encrusted timepiece because “daddy runs the country”.

He posted a snap of the watch on his Instagram account with the caption: “$60 000 on the wrist when your daddy run the whole country ya know!!!”

Mugabe’s sons hit the headlines in August when their mother, Grace Mugabe, allegedly attacked a young woman after discovering her with the boys at a Johannesburg hotel.

Gabriella Engels, 20, claimed Mrs Mugabe’s guards stood by and did nothing as she was beaten with an extension cord.

Gabriella posted on Twitter: “What is a girl compared to a women beating you and 10+ body guards standing back leaving her to do this s***?”

Grace, who is 41 years younger than her husband, was granted diplomatic immunity in South Africa in August for the assault.

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Nigeria Football Federation boss Amaju Pinnick under fresh corruption probe

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Several properties belonging to top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), including its president Amaju Pinnick, have been seized in a fresh corruption probe.

The latest investigation and seizures are being carried out by the country’s Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission’s (ICPC).

The ICPC has published a newspaper advertisement about the properties seized – half of which belong to Pinnick.

According to the statement published in the Nigerian papers one of Pinnick’s properties is in London.

It comes amidst wide-ranging claims over how money meant for football development allegedly disappeared.

“We can’t go into further details beyond the fact that many officials of the NFF are under investigation,” ICPC spokesperson, Rasheedat Okoduwa said.

“It’s basically because what they have is in excess of what they have earned.”

The ICPC has also taken control of properties belonging to the NFF second vice-president Shehu Dikko and the general secretary Muhamed Sanusi among others.

Source: BBC

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Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival

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Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, has told the BBC he is confused by Rwanda’s decision to ban him from playing at the upcoming Kigali Jazz Fusion festival.

Kidum is one of Burundi’s biggest music stars and has performed in Rwanda for the past 16 years.

But a police official phoned the musician’s manager to warn that he would only be allowed to make private visits to Rwanda.

“[My manager was told] Kidum is not supposed to perform, tell him to leave. If he comes for private visits fine, but no performances,” the musician told BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.

The mayor of Rwanda’s capital said that in this instance permission had not been sought from the authorities for him to perform at the festival in Kigali.

Kidum was a leading peace activist during Burundi’s civil war between 1993 and 2003 and used his songs to call for reconciliation.

The 44-year-old musician said he had never had problems with Rwandan authorities until recently when three of his shows were cancelled at the last minute – including one in December 2018.

That month Burundi had banned Meddy, a musician who is half-Burundian, half-Rwandan, from performing in the main city of Bujumbura.

Kidum said he was unsure if the diplomatic tensions between Burundi and Rwanda had influenced his ban.

“I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence about that. And if there was politics, I’m not a player in politics, I’m just a freelance musician based in Nairobi,” he said.

He said he would not challenge the ban: “There’s nothing I can do, I just wait until maybe the decision is changed some day.

“It’s similar to a family house and you are denied entry… so you just have to wait maybe until the head of the family decides otherwise.”

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