Grace Mugabe grabs more of Mazoe Citrus Estate

via Grace Mugabe grabs more of Mazoe Citrus Estate – The Zimbabwe Independent January 31, 2014 in News

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace, who last year took over part of former Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed agro producer Interfresh’s Mazoe Citrus Estate, has occupied more land on the estate, the Zimbabwe Independent has established.

Grace, who has vast tracts of land in the country, at the time claimed she wanted to expand her orphanage located close to the productive estate.

Sources said the First Lady has been allocated an additional 800 hectares of Mazoe Citrus estate after she got over 1 600 hectares last year.

Her occupation of part of Mazoe Citrus was the second time the First Lady had displaced resettled farmers in Mazowe after she left over 50 families homeless by occupying Manzou Game Reserve two years ago. The latest occupation cements the Mugabes’ reputation as multiple farm owners, contrary to Zanu PF’s land redistribution policy.

Three years ago people who had bought residential stands from the Mazoe Rural District Council in 1998 were issued with eviction letters and promised alternative accommodation and compensation to pave way for the construction of the First Lady’s orphanage.

At the height of Zimbabwe’s chaotic land reform programme, Mugabe castigated his inner circle for multiple farm ownership, advocating for a one man, one farm policy. But in a typical Orwellian fashion, the Mugabes are amassing land in the Mashonaland Central province in violation of the “one man, one farm” credo.

Sources said Grace wants more land and could repossess nearby farms in the area, something that has spooked farmers around the farming area. Part of Mazoe Citrus was first occupied by Environment, Water and Climate minister Saviour Kasukuwere almost a decade ago.

Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs minister Martin Dinha, who is believed to be instrumental in the designation of the land and its parceling out to the First Lady, was not available for comment at the time of going to print as his phone was not reachable.

Around the same time last year, Dinha promised to provide more land to the First Lady during the official opening of the Amai Mugabe Junior School in the area, saying the school and the orphanage had given the province a facelift. It is not clear why Grace needs over 2 000 hectares of land, but there is speculation she could be looking at developing the land into a residential area.

“The land is no longer sufficient to sustain the projects the First Lady has on her sleeves,” Dinha said last year. “We are working on the papers to stretch the land so that she can have more land to do her projects. Some people might say: ‘The First Lady is greedy, why does she want more land?’, but we are saying it is justified for her to have more land.”

Interfresh last year said the portion allocated to the Mugabes’ represented 46% of Mazoe Citrus Estate’s total arable land, 30% of its budgeted revenue for the financial year 2013 and 52% of the value of immovable and biological assets.

They have since lodged an appeal with the Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement.

The newly-occupied land is adjacent to the land the first family occupied last year and has citrus and crops such as maize. It’s not clear if the company will be allowed to harvest its crop this time around.

High Court judge Justice Ben Hlatshwayo was forced to take legal action against Grace a few years ago after she had seized his farm.

The dispute only ended after an out-of-court settlement. In court papers, Hlatshwayo reportedly said the “unlawful conduct” by Gushungo Holdings, the Mugabes’ holding company, clearly had “no lawful basis for such interference, which conduct, by its very nature, amounts to spoliation”.

At a meeting with journalists about four years ago, Mugabe disclosed that he owned Highfield Farm in Norton, which he bought in the early 1980s. Apart from these farms, the First Family also owns Gushungo Dairy in Mazowe where the company’s dairy operation is located.

Grace has also been linked to the occupation of land belonging to a prestigious school along Borrowdale road.

Efforts to get comment from Interfresh CEO Lishon Chipango proved fruitless at the time of going to print. Questions sent to his mobile number had not been responded to at the time of going to print.



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    Nyoni 9 years ago

    Grab crab mugabe is the biggest looter of the looters . Lock her up at Robben Island and dig rocks to. Maybe she will learn what hard work is all about.

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    Fallenz 9 years ago

    The blood-thirsty feeding frenzy continues.

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    Rukweza 9 years ago

    If she is taking land from mash east thats good cause people there love the party

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    John Thomas 9 years ago

    They rigged the election for this

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    Panda moyo 9 years ago

    If the first cando this with the husband s full support.can we then blame the cuthberts muchecheteres for emulating their heroes?

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    A luta continua. All things do come to an end. The end is nigh. We are now seeing signs of the END of this tragic movie approaching. The Hong Kong house is gone!

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    Makonyonga Furudhom Hi Tingisi. 9 years ago

    She is building an empire fast before the husband kicks the bucket. Shameful. Do these people ever stop to think about the poor?

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    Zanupf 9 years ago

    Grace should take all mash coz all them people very patriotic

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    Clever woman Trying to build an orphanage to breed little Zanoids? Stupid woman forgets about the street kids that roam the streets of Harare ,Bulawayo and other cities? Which is it?????????

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    Rhuli 9 years ago

    This is indigenisation at its best… there are only 2 indigenous people in Zim: DisGrace and Mugarbage! ohhh! and the the extension, Russell Goreraza, (The mine grabber disGraced from DisGrace’s previous marriage.) they Grab what they want when they want and stuff the constitution and the rule of law!

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    Gwanyamwanya We Mahobo 9 years ago

    Chisingaperi chinoshura.

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    The second lady is some kind of a character. She has beaten up reporters. She is no nonsense. She has single handedly got rid of most of the orange trees in Mazoe. A total legend…Watch this space……

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    clemence munyukwi 9 years ago

    Greedy greedy greedy, the first family of Zimbabwean are a greedy lot, wonder when they will stop this madness of land abductions.

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    Tongoona 9 years ago

    This is ZIMASET at its best. By the next general elections in 2018, the First Family would have taken over all the goodies in our country, sorry in the First Family’s country. But where is the nation’s country? Is the First Family the Government? Where is the Government? Do we have it or not? Wake up Zimbabweans. This is corruption at the highest level. Where is the Anti-Corruption Commission? Two thousand four hundred hectares for an orphanage is ludicrous and a gross falsehood. Abuse of power is criminality.

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    Tongoona my friend, don’t you see/You are making a difference. I pray for the day that we all meet and I say I AM DOCTOR DO LITTLE that you had rap pour with on the internet. And you say to me I am Tongoona, and suddenly Fallenz,Rabbit, Mixed race,Bee ,Hutu,Revenger,Pilgrim,lucy, clemence munyukwi, Rhuli,John Thomas and the many others n this site are suddenly there…. It can happen..believe.

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    Tjingababili 9 years ago


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    She is one evil B with a itch.

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    munzwa 9 years ago

    Bob said Zim was his and he would keep it so Zim Asset is all his, whats new??

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    Felix 9 years ago

    The land belongs to Zimbabwe not to her. In any other country she would be called. A.thief. Sally was a real lady with integrity honesty and decency. Grace should go and pray for forgiveness for this and other evil act. Zimbabweans should.stamp out these witches.

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    tonyme 8 years ago

    With a policy of one man one farm, what justifies maiMugabe to have multiple farms. Also how are the people going to be compensated for the money they spent building. Will there be a chance and time when these projects are going to be torn down. These are self-serving projects. This is a clear example of selfish bullying of people without regard to human lives and safety. Does this lady have a heart?