Robert Mugabe’s eldest daughter hired Chinese builders to construct an elaborate mansion on state-owned land in Harare that was originally intended for a school, the Telegraph can reveal.

Bona Mugabe, 27, is building on a site sliced out of a picturesque hillside which has a created a scar visible for miles in countryside near her parents’ estate.

The property is a tiny part of the vast Grace Mugabe property portfolio.

The case exemplifies long standing questions about the Mugabe family’s use of Zimbabwean state resources for their personal benefit and enrichment – and whether the resulting property empire will survive Robert Mugabe’s fall from power.