Robert Mugabe’s son faced death
sentence in Dubai after being
caught with drugs

President Robert Mugabe’s elder son was almost
executed when Dubai officials caught him with
drugs recently, claims Thomas Mapfumo, a
renowned Zimbabwean musician living in exile in
the United States of America.
Businessman Wicknell Chivayo having dinner
with First Lady Grace Mugabe and her son
Robert Mugabe Junior in Dubai
Mapfumo left Zimbabwe in the 2000s and sought
asylum in the US, alleging that Mugabe’s security
forces were hounding him for his music that was
critical of the Zanu PF government.
Addressing scores of Zimbabweans and other
people at the United Nations (UN) headquarters
in New York where Mugabe travelled for the
global body’s summit, Mapfumo sensationally
revealed that Mugabe left a Southern African
Development Community (SADC) meeting to rescue
Robert Jnr.
Mugabe recently travelled to Mbabane, Swaziland,
for the SADC Heads of State and Government
convention but hurriedly dumped the summit,
briefly returned home and then took off for
Upon his return, the 92-year-old ruler claimed
that he had gone to see one of his children, but
did not explain why he had to drop his SADC
meeting schedule in a huff.
His spokesperson, George Charamba, gave a
contradicting explanation on the day Mugabe
returned from Dubai as the media and prominent
citizens speculated that he had suffered stroke.
Charamba wrote in the Saturday Herald, saying
the trip to Dubai was an official commitment that
had been planned well before the SADC meeting.
Mapfumo said Mugabe paid for his son’s freedom
using $1.5 million worth of diamonds.
“Do you know that when he (Mugabe) rushed to
Dubai, he was going to rescue his son who had
been arrested for possessing drugs? They (Dubai
authorities) were going to execute him. He paid
with diamonds to free his son, we know that,”
said Mapfumo.
He said the law enforcers in Dubai had told him
they were about to execute his son, but it is not
clear if Robert Jnr had been tried already.
He said Mugabe was involved in marathon
negotiations with the Dubai officials who finally
released Robert Jnr who is currently living there.
Robert Jnr is not new to controversy.
Several years ago, he was reported to have faced
expulsion from Kutama College, an elite high
school, after being found in possession of
pornographic material which he had reportedly
been sharing with fellow students.
Mapfumo described Mugabe as “the biggest
thief”, adding that he owned 13 farms.
“Where have you seen a president owning 13
farms? What for?” added Mapfumo. Nehanda