‘Money is gone now’: Robert Mugabe’s extravagant son teased as he posts tribute photo to former President father

Robert Mugabe’s flamboyant son has been teased for posting a tribute picture of his father online after he was forced to resign as president of Zimbabwe.

Chatunga Bellarmine Mugabe was mocked by social media users after uploading the image hours after his father’s reign ended.

One commenter on the Facebook post told the 21-year-old, known for his love of luxury living, that the “money is gone now”, with another adding: “no more champagne baths”.

It comes after his father Mr Mugabe stepped down as the country’s leader after the army took control of Harare and placed him under hours arrest.

Zimbabwe’s former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa is set to return to the country today amid reports he will be sworn in as the new leader within 48 hours.

Mr Mugabe was the president of the country’s ruling party Zanu-PF.

 

Commenting on Chatunga’s post, one user wrote: “Dad fell off the cash cow called Zanu PF,no more champagne bathes.”

Another added: “Am sure they have enough to live for four more lifetimes spending exactly the same.”

But others jumped to defend Zimbabwe’s departing president, with one Facebook user saying: “He will forever be celebrated by me! Iconic leader he was!”

And another wrote under the photo tribute of Mr Mugabe: “I will always salute you my President! you will remain a hero and nothing can change that! Fare well.”

The tribute came after Chatunga previously posted a defiant message, again on Facebook, in support of his father as he sensationally refused to resign.

At the time he said that the country’s ruling party Zanu-PF “is nothing without President Mugabe”.

Using the name of his father’s clan Gushungo, he added: “Gushungo will always remain the champion of champions!”

Mr Mugabe unwittingly set in motion the events that led to his own downfall, firing his vice president on November 6. 

Mr Mnangagwa fled the country to avoid arrest while issuing a statement saying he would return to lead Zimbabwe.

He has not been seen in public. But shortly after Mr Mugabe’s resignation was announced, ruling party chief whip Lovemore Matuke said he would take over as the country’s leader within 48 hours, adding Mr Mnangagwa “is not far from here”.

 

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