Top government officials are allegedly refusing to co-operate with the Zimbabwe Human Rights Commission (ZHRC)’s planned investigation into human rights abuses by First Lady Grace Mugabe who forcibly evicted over 200 families, from Manzou Farm in Mazowe, where she plans to set up a wildlife conservancy.
Since last Friday, investigators from the ZHRC tried to meet Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs minister Martin Dinha, the officer-in-charge at Mazowe Police Station and the provincial chief lands officer, with little success. ZHRC chairperson, Elasto Mugwadi, was, however, optimistic his team would be able to interview the officials soon.
A Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights member, who is representing the affected villagers, Moses Donsa-Nkomo, yesterday said he had written to Home Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo and Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri threatening to sue.
Grace Ntombizodwa Mugabe (nee Marufu) is a Zimbabwean politician, wife to former President Robert Mugabe and former member of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) political party. She was the Secretary of the Zanu-PF Women's League after her nomination and subsequent election in 2014.... Read More About Grace Mugabe
Manzou Estate, which is also known as Manzou Farm, is made up a number of small scale farms Spenenken, Celtic and Arnold farms. It is located in the so called citrus region of Mazowe in Mashonaland Central Province in Zimbabwe. The farm/estate came to public's... Read More About Manzou Farm
Martin Dinha is a Zimbabwean politician aligned to the ZANU PF party and minister of state for provincial affairs Mashonaland Central. Read More About Martin Dinha