Norton legislator (independent), Temba Mliswa on Wednesday were entangled in a short exchange of words with Zengeza West and MDC legislator, Job Sikhala after Mliswa demanded the seizure of multiple farms owned by the former first lady of Zimbabwe, Grace Mugabe.
Mliswa had through a question to the leader of the house (Parliament), Ziyambi Ziyambi demanded the seizure of 11 out of 12 farms which are owned by former President Robert Mugabe’s widow.
Sikhala who is the vice-chairperson of the MDC led by Nelson Chamisa interjected in defence of Grace suggesting that Mliswa was abusing Mugabe’s widow. He said:
Leave Grace Mugabe alone. Leave the wife of the former President alone. Mugabe died and why do you want to torment his wife? I do not want to see anyone harassing or abusing a widow,
Mliswa, a former ZANU PF official and President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s relative responded accusing Sikhala of being a “sell-out”. He said:
You were given money as MDC party by Grace Mugabe. Sikhala sold-out but MDC party gave him a vice-chairperson position. We will say it as it is.
Some observers describe state actions after the demise of Mugabe, including authorisation of invasion of Grace’s farms as punishment on Grace for her attacks on Mnangagwa when he was still the Vice President.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe’s land policy says “one-man-one-farm.”
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