The mystery surrounding Bona Mugabe's studies in Hong Kong deepened yesterday. City University said it had registered a student under that name, while the University of Hong Kong - where sources had said Ms Mugabe was studying under an alias - appeared to deny the Zimbabwean president's daughter was studying there. A spokeswoman for CityU admitted it had enrolled a Bona Mugabe. 'She has applied through the normal procedures and the university has admitted her based on the common admission guidelines,' she said. She was speaking a day after Ms Mugabe's father, Robert Mugabe, and wife, Grace, were reported to have bought, via a middleman, a HK$40 million luxury home in Tai Po. Several countries have imposed a travel ban and financial sanctions on Mr Mugabe, 84, and members of his regime over his controversial rule of Zimbabwe - once southern Africa's breadbasket but now a poor, barely functioning nation where millions go hungry and opposition supporters have been persecuted. Two photographers told police they were assaulted as they tried to shoot pictures of the house last week. Grace Mugabe is alleged to have attacked another photographer shooting pictures of her shopping in Tsim Sha Tsui last month. The City University spokeswoman said Ms Mugabe would be afforded 'no special privilege'. 'Admission to the university is based on academic criteria,' the spokeswoman said. She would not say whether Ms Mugabe had been admitted when the academic year began in September or had recently transferred from another university. Last month a senior University of Hong Kong source told the Sunday Morning Post that 20-year-old Ms Mugabe was a student at that institution but few of her fellow students were aware of the fact. At the time, a university spokeswoman said young people should not be denied education because of what their parents had done. The university did not, though, deny she was studying there. In a statement yesterday, HKU said that in light of the 'latest developments in Zimbabwe' - where university students have been jailed for staging a protest to demand Ms Mugabe stop studying in Hong Kong - the university felt 'obliged to outline the following facts'. 'We do not have a student by the name of Bona Mugabe on our student register, and we do not have any lady student from Zimbabwe who is reading for an undergraduate programme or is at the age of around 20,' the HKU statement said.