Relatives of former President Robert Mugabe actually stole close to $1 million from him, instead of the $150 000 as earlier reported.

The suspects — Constance Mugabe (50), Saymore Nheketwa (47), Andrew Mahumbe (37) and Johannes Mapurisa (50) — were arrested early this month. Updated court papers released yesterday, show that Mugabe lost US$922 000 to the suspects whose case was remanded to February 7 this year.

The court heard that in 2016, Mugabe packed books in four briefcases. He took them to his library at his homestead in Zvimba. Mugabe included a black polo briefcase containing $1 million. He gave his house keeper Constance the briefcase for safekeeping.

Mugabe did not tell her what the briefcase contained. On March 1, 2018, Mugabe demanded the briefcase from Constance. She professed ignorance about its whereabouts but promised to look for it.

Mugabe later ordered one of his employees, Mr Edson Jemwa, who is the group human resources manager at Gushungo Holdings, to look for the briefcase on January 6 this year. He had received news on how the suspects were living luxuriously.

The Black Polo Club briefcase was recovered from Mugabe’s main bedroom. A police report was made and the suspects were arrested.

The bag now had $78 000 instead of US$1m. The four were arrested.