Mugabe Hands Munya US$300,000

BIG Brother Africa star Munyaradzi Chidzonga has received US$300,000 from President Robert Mugabe following his disappointment of controversially missing out on winning the reality TV show last Sunday.The money was raised overnight after businessmen Phillip Chiyangwa and David Chapfika set up a Chidzonga Trust Fund and opened a bank account on Tuesday to marshal donations.

Munyaradzi Chidzonga(Munya)

Wednesday’s gift, received by Munya at State House, means he has now received MORE MONEY than the show’s winner Uti Nwanchukwu of Nigeria who took home US$200,000.Munya received a hero’s welcome as he emerged from the arrivals terminal at the Harare International Airport, coming from South Africa where the show is filmed.But fans were left high and dry after the Big Brother star was bundled into a maroon Chevrolet and driven to State House.

The hasty departure also infuriated Croco Motors who had brought in a colourful convoy hoping to take the TV star around Harare.Accompanied by his wife and mother of his son, Adiona Maboreke, Munya met Mugabe and several cabinet ministers for just under an hour.He apologised to his fans who thought he snubbed them at the airport: “Unfortunately I had no control over there.

“I was told on arrival that we had a small window of time to meet the President … I really want to say sorry to everyone.”Munya, who said he dreamed of meeting Mugabe while in Big Brother, described the 86-year-old leader as “humorous” and a “pleasant man”.He added: “If you can dream it, put action to it, you can achieve it. I felt like a baby shaking and sweating in front of the President. The ministers present were laughing at me.”Chiyangwa has accused M-Net of cheating Munya out of the top prize. He said the donation was to “ease Munya’s trauma” from the experience.