Simba drops long list of properties in Bona divorce case

Simba Chikore and Bona Mugabe

  • Chikore has listed 21 farms in which he claims an interest
  • More than 25 upmarket residential properties worth over US$50m
  • Dubai Mansion valued at about US$8m

THE divorce row between late President Robert Mugabe’s daughter Bona and estranged husband Simba Chikore has exposed part of the mega riches of the long-serving ruler who was toppled by his lieutenants in the 2017 military coup.

The authoritarian then died two years later in Singapore aged 95.

Bona Mugabe filed for divorce in March this year saying the marriage had irretrievably broken down; the couple married in 2014 at a lavish ceremony attended by regional leaders.

Mugabe’s only daughter had requested that the High Court deals with the property issues separate from the divorce at a later date and demanded US$2,700 from Chikore in monthly support for each of their three children.

She is also seeking full custody of the children with Chikore granted access every alternate weekend.

Simba Chikore and Bona Mugabe

However, in his response, Chikore has exposed the Mugabe’s as multiple farm owners, in addition to a vast portfolio of urban land along with a mansion in Dubai.

Chikore his huge list of co-owned property in just a drop in the ocean compared to what Bona owns separately.

“Defendant (Chikore) contributed to acquiring the properties acquired through his savings from his former jobs as a pilot and the farming venture,” read Chikore’s papers before the High Court.

Chikore insists he contributed to the property holding through earnings and donations from his father-in-law as well as for work and special assignments done on behalf of the veteran leader.

“There is much input through direct and indirect contribution wherein the defendant contributed to the assets, both movable and immovable, acquired during the subsistence of his marriage.”

Chikore concedes that the marriage has broken down but argues that it can be salvaged if the influence of third parties is removed as well as through counselling, family support.

The two have not lived together for some nine months.

Residential properties:

      1. Stand 287 Helensvale of 3,497ha valued at US$314 730.
      2. Stand 288 Helensvale of 1,4207ha valued at US$305 000.
      3. Stand 268 Helensvale of 1,3226ha valued at US$284 000.
      4. Stand 306 Carrick Creagh of 1,8034ha valued at US$386 500.
      5. Stand 307 Carrick Creagh of 2,5133ha valued at US$539 000.
      6. Stand 308 Carrick Creagh of 1,3733ha valued at US$294 000.
      7. Stand 309 Carrick Creagh of 1,6775ha valued at US$359 464
      8. Stand 312 Carrick Creagh of 2.3311ha valued at US$499 500
      9. Stand 313 Carrick Creagh of 2.6676ha valued at US$571 628.
      10. Stand 347 Carrick Creagh of 1.3733ha valued at US$294 000.
      11. Stand 348 Carrick Creagh of 0,712ha valued at US$152 571.
      12. Stand 349 Carrick Creagh of 1.4407ha valued at US$308 721.
      13. Stand 99 Carrick Creagh valued at US$180 000.
      14. Stand 61 Helensvale valued at US$4 300 000.
      15. Stand 40 Helensvale of 8,6257ha valued at US$1 848 364.29.
      16. Remainder of Helensvale of 73.3819ha valued at US$40 000 000.
      17. Stand 466 Carrick Creagh called Teede Land of 54,8726ha valued at US$11 758
      18. 414,29 Stand 27 Quorn Avenue valued at US$550 000.
      19. Stand in Milton Park valued at US$330 000.
      20. Lot 5 Helensvale of 2.4019ha valued at US$514 692.86.
      21. The Mansion 657 Dubai has an estimated value of AED 30 million.


Chikore in his counter-claim also says he acquired or was given shares or owns solely or jointly, through donations and or in inheritance, the following twenty-one (21) farms and properties:

      1. Rosam farm of 104.2335ha.
      2. Smithfield Farm of 3280.5898ha.
      3. Gushungo Estate/remainder of Foyle 1200ha. Iron Mask farm 207,8205ha.
      4. Cressy Dale 945,037ha.
      5. Cressy Dale Lot Two 184,534ha.
      6. Tankantara 659,98ha.
      7. John O’Groats 669,5ha.
      8. Lot 1 Swan dale 155,482ha.
      9. Lot 2 Swan dale 101,84ha.
      10. Swandale 106,361ha.
      11. Clifford 1426ha
      12. Vusumuzi Banket farm 3182ha
      13. Teviotdale Kaseplan farm 310,6189ha.
      14. Remainder of Teviotdale 186,46ha. Buckland Estate 280ha.
      15. Yarrow Dale Farm 2516,3358ha. Lemon Pool 102,5766ha.
      16. Lot B of Greater B 404,6744ha.
      17. Benissa Farming Company 1248,8033ha.
      18. Surtic 6385,3470ha.

OTHER PROPERTY (jointly owned):

      1. Stand 152 Lunar Road of 12.0748ha valued at US$8.5 million.
      2. Stand Number 153 Lunar Road of 12,509ha valued at US$5.1 million.
      3. Stand 1820 Chishawasha valued at US$50 000.
      4. Stand 1837 Chishawasha valued at US$87 000.
      5. Mwenewazvo/Sigaro farm of 873 hectares


Chikore further claims that before and during the marriage he acquired or was given shares or owns solely or jointly, through donations and or in inheritance, a Rolls Royce car with a value of AED 2 900 000. The parties also acquired the following vehicles jointly;

      1. Range Rover Autobiography $140 000
      2. Nissan NP300 AES 7205 $10 000
      3. Nissan NP300 AES 7177 $10 000
      4. NP300 AES 7203 $10 000
      5. Nissan El Grand AFM 8548 $7000
      6. Dodge Nitro ADI 6535 $7000
      7. Toyota Landcruiser AFM 8549 $27 000
      8. Range Rover Sport AEF 5922 (accident damaged)
      9. $30 000 Range Rover Sport AEC 6243 (2009) $10 000
      10. Toyota Landcruiser AFM8550 $25 000
      11. Mercedes S500 AEN 0355 $12 000
      12. Mercedes S430 ADV7053 $8000
      13. Bentley 101 (non-runner) $15 000
      14. Mercedes GL 320 (non-runner) $7000
      15. Yamaha motorbike $6500
      16. Mercedes GL550 Dubai $13 000

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