By Hope Sarara
FORMER First Lady Grace Mugabe has reportedly warned she will be back as a political high-flyer within the next three years, a beneficiary of the land reform programme who is now being pushed out of a Mazowe Farm has claimed.
In communication with senior government officials seen by nEWS263zim.com one of the three plot owners at Tevoitdale Farm claims Grace hired bouncers to invade the farm telling the beneficiaries who have been on the plots since 2006 that “Mnangagwa is running the country like a tuckshop.”
The three identified as Adonia Mkombe, Nyika Chifamba and Sahungwe Hungwe were allocated plots in the farm under the land reform programme and have offer letters signed by then Lands and Land Reform Minister Didymus Mutasa.
“Grace pounced on my farm and wants to take over but I am the one with (an) offer letter. She came with security, locked the gate and threatened to shoot my gatekeepers,” said one of the unidentified plot owners using a South African mobile number.
“How best can I address the issue?”
The complainants then claims Grace said “lost of things about HE” (Mnangagwa).
“She said lots of things about HE. She said you are used to running the country like a tuckshop (translated). She was accompanied by Simba Chikore (Bona’s husband).
“We got these offer letters in 2006 when her husband (the late Robert Mugabe) was President. Why did they give us the land if they wanted it? I don’t see her reasoning of trying to blame the leadership as if the offer letters were issued during the new dispensation,” part of the messages read.
The plot owners claim they never fought back following then invasion.
“She went to another mine and told war veterans that in three years they will kneel down to her. We are wondering what that means but we will say no to bullying,” added the chats.
“That is exactly what she told us that in three years she is coming back..”
Borrowdale police were reportedly called in and after seeing documentation showing the plot owners indeed were bonafide reportedly walked away indicating “we don’t want to be soiled.”
It is not the first time Grace has been embroiled in a nasty land fight in the rich Mazowe Valley. A few years ago before her husband was toppled by a military coup Grace was a subject of a Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission investigation after reports she had forced ordinary citizens off their land as she sought to expand her then growing empire.