THE MASTER BEDROOM
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By Staff Reporter
THERE are more chances of State House being sold than Phillip Chiyangwa's sprawling 25-bedroom mansion in the leafy Borrowdale suburb, he told New Zimbabwe.com.
Chiyangwa was denying media reports that appeared while he was in jail claiming he had sold the property for Zim$6,8 billion.
Said Chiyangwa: "That house is a museum that will stay there forever."
The Financial Gazette, a business weekly published every Thursday, first made the claims in a front page splash and has refused to retract the story even after being told it was a lie, said Chiyangwa.
"In fact that house has never been registered in my name. I built it for my children. For argument's sake, it cannot be sold until they all reach the age of 26. But of course there is no chance of it being sold," said Chiyangwa who was sensationally discharged by a High Court judge over claims he spied for foreign governments.
In any case, said Chiyangwa, the Financial Gazette's evaluation of the property at $6,8 billion was far too low.
"The impression it gives is that 'Chiyangwa is broke'," he told our
correspondent. "If it's about Zimbabwe dollars, I am not short of them. That house is currently worth Zim$100 billion, and a similar house in Britain could fetch up of £15 million."
Chiyangwa said a 'SOLD' sign, which formed the basis of the Financial Gazette story was in fact for a neighbour's property. The agents who placed the placard had written his lawyers to apologise for placing the 'SOLD' banner too close to his mansion.
The white two-storey property was built between 1995 and 2000, using a loan from CABS Bank, Chiyangwa revealed.
Chiangwa was arrested in December last year alongside Zimbabwe’s ambassador-designate to Mozambique, Godfrey Dzvairo, banker Tendai Matambanadzo and Zanu PF external affairs director Itai Marchi on allegations of spying for foreign governments.
Said Chiyangwa: "Since my arrest on December 15, all sorts of lies have been told about me in the local media. Some journalists have declared open season on me.
"The latest reports are that Zanu PF Mashonaland West will meet soon to decide my fate. How many times does one get excluded from the structures of an organisation? It's the same old dross!"
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