The wealth of Zimbabwe ’s former long-time president Robert Mugabe was long a mystery. Now the first official list of assets to be made public says he left behind US$10 million and several houses when he died in Singapore in September. Some in Zimbabwe view that estate as far too modest for Mugabe, who ruled for 37 years and was accused by critics of accumulating vast riches and presiding over grand corruption. The report by the state-run Herald newspaper on Tuesday did not mention any overseas assets, though it is thought that Mugabe had properties in neighbouring South Africa and in Asia. The report says there appears to be no will, though lawyers are still looking for one. The report cites the lawyers as saying the law stipulates that Mugabe’s wife, Grace, and children will inherit the property in that case. Mugabe also left behind a farm, 10 cars and 11 hectares (27 acres) of land that included an orchard at his rural home where he was buried. His daughter, Bona, registered the estate on behalf of the family, the report said. More than a dozen farms are publicly known to have been seized from both black and white farmers by the late strongman’s family. Mugabe died of cancer in a Singapore hospital at age 95 nearly two years after he was forced by Zimbabwe’s military and ruling party to resign. Many in the southern African nation say the country he left behind has fallen deeper into economic and political crisis, with a growing hunger problem that a United Nations expert last month called “shocking” for a state not at war. Will China ever tire of Zimbabwe’s corruption and bad debt? About half of Zimbabwe’s population faces severe hunger amid a devastating drought and economic collapse, the United Nations said on Tuesday, noting a “vicious cycle of skyrocketing malnutrition that’s hitting women and children hardest”. The World Food Programme said it plans to more than double the number of people it helps to more than 4 million. More than 7 million people overall are in need. A UN expert on the right to food last week said Zimbabwe is on the brink of man-made starvation and the number of people needing help is “shocking” for a country not in conflict. With poor rains expected before the harvest in April, the scale of hunger will worsen, the World Food Programme’s executive director David Beasley said in a statement. Zimbabwe’s crushing economic crisis, the worst in a decade, and a drought across southern Africa will complicate aid delivery as prices for basic items soar and food supplies are lower than normal, the UN said. Inflation is “skyrocketing to over 490 per cent,” according to the UN expert, Hilal Elver. That is the second highest rate in the world after Venezuela. The Singapore connections of late Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe’s crisis includes high unemployment, cash and water shortages and electricity outages of up to 19 hours a day. Elver said she found stunted and underweight children, mothers too hungry to breastfeed their babies and medicine shortages in hospitals during her 10-day visit to the once prosperous country. She warned that the food crisis could spark conflict if not averted. Critics blame the overall crisis on the administration of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has struggled to fulfil promises of prosperity since taking power in 2017.