The Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC) says it has launched investigations into the alleged human rights abuse accusations levelled against First Lady Grace Mugabe following the recent eviction of 15 villagers at Manzou Farm in Mazowe to pave way for her proposed wildlife conservancy.
ZHRC chairperson Elasto Mugwadi confirmed yesterday that the statutory human rights body had deployed a team of investigators following reports that the affected families had their homes burnt while they were dumped in the bush in Mvurwi following their eviction last week. Said Mugwadi:
We had a visit from a group of affected individuals last week on Friday and on the same day, we despatched a team to the farm to investigate. Our team could, however, not make headway because they failed to meet with the leadership in the province.Our aim is to meet with (Mashonaland Central) Provincial Affairs minister Martin Dinha, the chief lands officer and officer-in-charge Mazowe Police Station for us to understand what is going on.
Mugwadi confirmed sources’ reports that one of the villagers was left with a gouged eye after he was attacked along with his wife and child.