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Issue 84 - August 2008 - Page 4

Pages in this month's issue:
  1. Barack Obama in Afghanistan Protest Email
  2. 'Buy Airplane Ticket Online' Trojan Email
  3. Rottnest Island Great White Shark Hoax
  4. Robert Mugabe Mansion Photographs
  5. Not Able to Deliver UPS Package Malware Email
  6. Prime Minister Howard - Muslims Out Of Australia
  7. Lightning Storm Meets Volcanic Eruption Photos
  8. Ball Girl Wall Climb Catch Video
  9. Google Workplace Photographs - Google's Zurich Office
  10. Google AdWords Phishing Scam
  11. German Truck Art
  12. Lottery Scam Payment Requests - Sky Express Couriers
  13. Diamond Covered Mercedes Photographs
  14. Incredible Chinese Love Story
  15. Johan Lorbeer Gravity Defying Street Performance Photographs
  16. Nadezhda - Russian Dating Scammer
  17. Fake $5 Off Target Coupons

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Robert Mugabe Mansion Photographs

Summary:
Email forward claims that attached photographs of an opulently appointed mansion show the home of President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe (Full commentary below).



Status:
Undetermined - Probably untrue

Example:(Submitted, July 2008)
Subject: FW: who lives in a house like this?

Imagine who would have such taste and live in such opulence?

An American Billionaire?
A Saudi Prince?
Louis XIV of France?
Savour the pictures then scroll to the bottom of the page to see who owns this Work of Art.

Mansion 1

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This Mansion is in Harare and belongs to:

The President of Zimbabwe - Robert Mugabe -

while his people starve, and die because of no medical help....and we are asked to help his people over and over again...he and his family live like this.......his GREED kills his people.....

send this to everyone you know, they can send it to everyone they know, soon the world will know what this man is doing to his people.




Commentary:
According to this email forward, a sumptuous mansion featured in a series of attached photographs belongs to President of Zimbabwe, Robert Mugabe. The email claims that while Mugabe lives in such opulent luxury, the ordinary people of Zimbabwe face poverty under his leadership.

However, the mansion depicted in these photographs is quite possibly not Mugabe's residence at all. In fact, the very same set of photographs has also circulated in protest messages decrying the opulent lifestyles of other political leaders and celebrities. One version claims that the home belongs to President Pervaiz Musharraf of Pakistan. Another claims that the mansion is the home of former Nigerian ruler Ibrahim Babangida. Yet another version suggests that the photographs show the home of former Secretary of Health Care of Azerbaijan, Russia. And, finally, many references, including a YouTube video, claim that the home belongs to Bollywood superstar, Shahrukh Khan.

Given that the same photographs have circulated in several different contexts and been associated with several different people, the claim that the home is Mugabe's remains unproven. And, in fact, an ariel shot of Mugabe's partially completed mansion in Harare shows a building quite different to the one depicted in these photographs.

Some commentators have claimed that the mansion belongs to Mugabe's cousin Philippe Chiyangwa. However, this claim is also unsubstantiated. News photographs of Chiyangwa's mansion seem to show a residence with a different style and aspect than that of the mansion shown in the above photographs.

Although the photographs may not actually show Mugabe's residence, various news reports indicate that, for several years, he has been building himself a lavish mansion while a great many of his people live under terrible conditions. The controversial leader also has other luxurious residences. A 2003 report in The Guardian UK notes:
Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, is building a lavish palace costing 3.75m on the outskirts of the capital, Harare.

Furnishings and security are expected to send the cost to more than 6m at a time when nearly half of Zimbabwe's population is dependent on international food aid.

Its sprawling accommodation includes 25 bedrooms with bathrooms and spas. It is three times the size of the president's official residence, State House, and his adjacent offices.

The mansion, located in the upmarket Borrowdale Brooke area, about 15 miles north of the city centre, is nearing completion. The construction company Energoproject, based in Belgrade, is building the palace.

Mr Mugabe has built smaller mansions in Harare and Zvimba, his birthplace, as well a Chivu, the birthplace of his wife, Grace.
And newzimbabwe.com notes:
THE Harare City Council has embarked on a multi-billion-dollar project to widen two roads which form a link to President Robert Mugabe's mansion in Helensvale, a report in the Zimbabwe Independent said.

Major civil works have already started to widen Carrick Creagh and Borrowdale Brook roads which link the mansion to Crow-hill Road.
References:
The Presidency, Islamabad
Ibrahim Babangida Mansion
The Palace in Azerbaijan
Shahrukh Khan's residence - MANNAT - Palace
Harare City Council paves Mugabe's way
Chiyangwa says $100 billion mansion not for sale
Mugabe palace hints at plans to stay

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Issue 84 Start Menu

Pages in this month's issue:
    1. Barack Obama in Afghanistan Protest Email
    2. 'Buy Airplane Ticket Online' Trojan Email
    3. Rottnest Island Great White Shark Hoax
    4. Robert Mugabe Mansion Photographs
    5. Not Able to Deliver UPS Package Malware Email
    6. Prime Minister Howard - Muslims Out Of Australia
    7. Lightning Storm Meets Volcanic Eruption Photos
    8. Ball Girl Wall Climb Catch Video
    9. Google Workplace Photographs - Google's Zurich Office
    10. Google AdWords Phishing Scam
    11. German Truck Art
    12. Lottery Scam Payment Requests - Sky Express Couriers
    13. Diamond Covered Mercedes Photographs
    14. Incredible Chinese Love Story
    15. Johan Lorbeer Gravity Defying Street Performance Photographs
    16. Nadezhda - Russian Dating Scammer
    17. Fake $5 Off Target Coupons