Mugabe’s tractors, trucks to be auctioned to pay off debts

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BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 26: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (not pictured) during their meeting at the Great Hall of the People (GHOP) on August 26, 2014 in Beijing, China. Mugabe is on a five-day state visit to China. (Photo by Diego Azubel-Pool/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO. Former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe. (Photo by Diego Azubel-Pool/Getty Images)

Auctioneers announced on Thursday that vehicles and farm equipment belonging to a dairy farm of former Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe will be sold on in order to pay off debts.

Over 40 vehicles are expected to be sold at the auction, including four Toyota Hilux pick-up trucks, three Scania horse trucks and a Mercedes Benz C-class limousine. Additionally, Massey Ferguson tractors, 13 motorcycles and farm equipment, including four combine harvesters, are also on the list.

A sales executive at the farm said it was operating at 58 per cent of its capacity, according to NewsDay, an independent daily newspaper based in Zimbabwe.

The auction is expected to take place on Saturday.

Mugabe and his wife Grace were accused of evicting smallholders to set up the Gushungo Dairy estate in Mazowe outside the capital Harare.

Mugabe owned several farms despite laws limiting individuals to owning one farm.

Mugabe was ousted in 2017, after 37 years in office, following a brief military takeover and subsequently succeeded by Emmerson Mnangagwa.

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