Rarely photographed homes of Zimbabwe’s brutal leaders

Pictured for the first time since the army seized power, this is the £7.5million Blue Roof mansion where Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe has been held under house arrest since Tuesday.

The 93-year-old was permitted to leave for the first time today in order to officiate at a graduation ceremony at Zimbabwe Open University, where he was filmed apparently falling asleep. After the event, his motorcade took him directly back to his mansion.

The luxurious Blue Roof property has rarely been pictured on account of Zimbabwe's draconian penalties for those taking photographs of the presidential home.

Set in extensive grounds, the property boasts 25 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and spas, massive reception rooms and a suite of offices.

The luxurious Blue Roof property - belonging to Robert Mugabe - has rarely been pictured on account of Zimbabwe's draconian penalties for those taking photographs of the presidential home

The luxurious Blue Roof property - belonging to Robert Mugabe - has rarely been pictured on account of Zimbabwe's draconian penalties for those taking photographs of the presidential home

This morning, Mugabe, clad in academic gown and hat, made his first public appearance since the coup at a university graduation ceremony on the outskirts of Harare

This morning, Mugabe, clad in academic gown and hat, made his first public appearance since the coup at a university graduation ceremony on the outskirts of Harare

There was still no sign, however, of his wife, Grace, 52, who is said to have been with Mugabe when the pair were placed under house arrest at their £7.5million Blue Roof mansion in Harare earlier this week

There was still no sign, however, of his wife, Grace, 52, who is said to have been with Mugabe when the pair were placed under house arrest at their £7.5million Blue Roof mansion in Harare earlier this week

Set in extensive grounds, the property boasts 25 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and spas, massive reception rooms and a suite of offices

Set in extensive grounds, the property boasts 25 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and spas, massive reception rooms and a suite of offices

The mansion is located in a suburb of Harare called Borrowdale, Zimbabwe's most exclusive postcode

The mansion is located in a suburb of Harare called Borrowdale, Zimbabwe's most exclusive postcode

MailOnline's exclusive pictures clearly show the iconic blue roofs after which the property was named. It is understood to be three times bigger than Mr Mugabe's official residence, the State House.

The mansion is located in a suburb of Harare called Borrowdale, Zimbabwe's most exclusive postcode. Originally built to house the ruling white elite during the colonial era, it is now home to Zimbabwe's leadership – both those loyal to Mr Mugabe and those who oppose him.

Less than two miles away, MailOnline pictured the secretive home of Emmerson 'Crocodile' Mnangagwa, 75, the sacked vice-president who is widely tipped to take over as president if Mr Mugabe finally steps down.

Screened from the street by extensive trees and foliage, high walls and a guard hut manned by police, this - the home of Emmerson 'The Crocodile' Mnangagwa - could soon become the mansion from which Zimbabwe's new ruler governs the country

Screened from the street by extensive trees and foliage, high walls and a guard hut manned by police, this - the home of Emmerson 'The Crocodile' Mnangagwa - could soon become the mansion from which Zimbabwe's new ruler governs the country

Former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa (pictured in January with wife Auxilia), 75, a veteran of Zimbabwe's 1970s liberation wars who was sacked by Mugabe earlier this month, has returned from exile

Former vice-president Emmerson Mnangagwa (pictured in January with wife Auxilia), 75, a veteran of Zimbabwe's 1970s liberation wars who was sacked by Mugabe earlier this month, has returned from exile

Less than two miles away from Mugabe's home, MailOnline pictured the secretive home of Emmerson 'Crocodile' Mnangagwa (pictured), 75, the sacked vice-president who is widely tipped to take over as president if Mr Mugabe finally steps down

Less than two miles away from Mugabe's home, MailOnline pictured the secretive home of Emmerson 'Crocodile' Mnangagwa (pictured), 75, the sacked vice-president who is widely tipped to take over as president if Mr Mugabe finally steps down

The mansion is located in a suburb of Harare called Borrowdale, Zimbabwe's most exclusive postcode

The mansion is located in a suburb of Harare called Borrowdale, Zimbabwe's most exclusive postcode

Originally built to house the ruling white elite during the colonial era, it is now home to Zimbabwe's leadership – both those loyal to Mr Mugabe and those who oppose him. Pictured: The Crocodile's lair

Originally built to house the ruling white elite during the colonial era, it is now home to Zimbabwe's leadership – both those loyal to Mr Mugabe and those who oppose him. Pictured: The Crocodile's lair

A white iron fence and a distinctive row of black-and-white stones marked out the boundary of the property. Officers in blue uniforms were on high alert behind the gate

A white iron fence and a distinctive row of black-and-white stones marked out the boundary of the property.

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