Chiyangwa splashes on Bentley, wants private jet
Not one to let money stand between him and a luxurious lifestyle of fast cars, designer suits and plenty female admirers, Chiyangwa appears to have struck his first blow at his "detractors".
and former legislator is turning a few heads in poverty-hit Zimbabwe
with a shiny new sky blue 2006 Bentley GTC Continental (convertible)
-- the latest addition to his collection of swankie cars, and claims
he will buy a private jet in December.
If purchased from
South Africa, the car attracts almost double the amount -- a cool R4
million (about £250 000).
The Continental GTC is powered by W12 twin-turbo charged 6.0-liter engine, which will propel the car to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 195 mph.
He said: "I have worked in my life and should not be worried to spend my money. God has rewarded me for my work. This time I am not making noise about my cars because every time I buy a new one, there are those who want to copy me.
"The Bentley is not the last one. In December I will buy a 60-seater private jet so that those who want to compete with me can see that I am a real businessman worth what I have got."
The flamboyant tycoon said his businesses which include manufacturing train wagons, property and construction, were the source of his vast fortune.
"I am not a dealer or a crook. My money is made cleanly. You are well aware of my business portfolio and its potential. What I am doing is to show what hard work can bring. Why should I be afraid of spending my money?" asked Chiyangwa.
His latest acquisition comes hard on the heels of the purchase a £103,000 5.5-litre, 12-cylinder, twin-turbo Mercedes-Benz S600, bought in April 2006. The top-of-the-range Merc was quickly marked Tsivo, his totem, but which can also mean revenge.
It was bought months after Chiyangwa had been released from the hands of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) who had held and interrogated him on charging of spying for foreign states.
A judge ordered his release and the charges were dropped after he was heavily tortured by state security agents. He was later expelled from the ruling Zanu PF party which he represented as MP for Chinhoyi. He decided not to appeal against the expulsion, choosing to spend more time in church and running his businesses.
Chiyangwa is not worried by the poverty that is around him and makes little attention to the decline of the Zimbabwe economy.
He told New Zimbabwe.com:
"I cannot be stopped from buying what I want because of the bad
economy. I sympathise with every Zimbabwean who is going through hardships.
I have walked that road before. (But) I must also celebrate my success."
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