Manzou villagers at Arnold Farm in Mazowe stormed former first lady Grace Mugabe’s property to celebrate her husband’s resignation.
For hours, villagers waving placards sang and danced to revolutionary songs while others denigrated Mugabe’s “greediness” and demonstrated at Grace’s Mazowe orphanage gate, demanding justice before they marched around the shopping centre in solidarity with others celebrating Mugabe’s downfall. Stella Nikisi (65) showed NewsDay a swollen leg sustained from assault by the police who wanted to remove her from Arnold Farm. Said Nikisi:
Because of Grace and her husband, we stayed at Arnold Farm like captives. They demolished our houses each time we tried to put up structures. They enjoyed it when we slept in the open with our grandchildren. Whenever police came to harass us they made sure that they also destroyed our food and property, saying the First Family didn’t want to see us at the farm. However, today we are happy that at last we are liberated. We are free people and all those who didn’t want to protect us, particularly (Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs minister Martin) Dinha and the district administrator’s office, have been shamed. It’s wrong to side with greedy people.