Mugabe evicts villagers to set up Game Park

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s family has been linked to the on-going eviction of over 900 families at Manzou Farm in Mazowe, Mashonaland Central Province, amid reports that the First Family wants to annex the property and turn it into a wildlife sanctuary.


Sources told NewsDay that the First Family also intends to build a university to be named after the Zanu PF leader.

Close to 900 families were yesterday ordered to vacate the area by armed police officers.

This follows a similar raid on Saturday where the police evicted a traditional healer Mary Kazunga believed to be a spirit medium of liberation war heroine Mbuya Nehanda.

Kazunga was reportedly dumped in Rushinga, her original home village, on Saturday.

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When NewsDay visited the farm yesterday, scores of police armed with shotguns, batons and dogs were busy ordering people off the farm and destroying their homes.

Some desperate families had gathered what remained of their belongings outside their ruined houses while others were busy looking to hire trucks to ferry their belongings to the Harare-Bindura Highway where they intended to camp.

Others said they wanted to go to Bindura or Harare to seek sanctuary with relatives.

One of the villagers, who refused to be named for security reasons, said the police refused to disclose who had sent them.

He criticised the government for its brutality in evicting them just when they were beginning to harvest their crops.

He said the evictees would have no food between now and the 2015 agricultural season.

“They destroyed about 20 homes on Saturday and took away Mbuya Nehanda to Rushinga. Today (yesterday), they are ordering everyone out,” the villager said.

The villagers were being ordered out of Spenenken and Anorld Farms, which both form Manzou estate.

“They told us that all the people from Spenenken and Anorld farms should vacate. We do not resist eviction, but at least they should give us time to harvest our crops,” one of the victims said.

Some villagers were busy harvesting their tobacco and green maize crop, but remained in the dark on where they would be going as they claimed the police were ordering them out without alternative places to settle.

However, a source close to the development yesterday said that the land had been earmarked for the expansion of the Mugabe family’s growing business empire.

“They (Mugabe family) want Manzou for a Game Park. They want to partner with a white man who owns Thirtyford Game Park close to Manzou farm,” a source said.

“They also intend to build a university to be named after Mugabe close to the game park.”

Manzou was a game park before Zanu PF supporters invaded it at the height of the land reform programme in the early 2000s.

Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs minister Martin Dinha, however, denied that the evictions were linked to the Mugabe family.

He said the evicted families had been illegally settled by a self-proclaimed spirit medium.

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“The eviction has nothing to do with President Mugabe. It is criminal and an abuse of the privileges of publication to allege that. I am the Provincial Minister and I was working with Deputy Minister of Agriculture (Livestock) Paddy Zhanda to remove the illegal settlers,” Dinha said.

About the traditional healer’s eviction, Dinha said: “I am sure she (Mary Kazunga) is now happily practising her traditional healing work back at her home in Rushinga.”

The Mugabe family empire will now include a lavish wildlife sanctuary and the Robert Mugabe University.

There will be a museum at Baradzanwa, a place where the legendary liberation war heroine and spirit medium Mbuya Nehanda was believed to have been captured by the colonial settler regime.

The Mugabe family already has vast projects in the Mazowe district, which include a children’s home, a state-of-the-art primary school, Gushungo Dairy Farm, and they recently appropriated a large chunk of Interfresh’s Mazowe Citrus Estates.

The First Lady Grace Mugabe recently told visiting former Ghanaian President Jerry Rawling’s wife, Nana Konadu Agyemang, that apart from her charity home and primary school, she was in the process of building a secondary school which would start enrolling next January.

On Saturday morning, about 50 armed police officers swooped on the villagers at Spenenken Farm around 4am and ordered settlers to vacate the farm.

Dinha recently promised to allocate the Mugabe family more land, saying he was not apologetic for doing so as the First Family deserved it.

“The land is no longer sufficient to sustain the projects the First Lady has on her sleeves.” Dinha said then.

The villagers were yesterday making frantic efforts to contact Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa and political commissar Webster Shamu whom they alleged had instructed them to stay on the farm until they were properly resettled following similar attempts to evict them last year.

“There is no court order to evict us,” another victim said.

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41 Responses to Mugabe evicts villagers to set up Game Park

  1. wezhira March 19, 2014 at 5:46 am #

    yaah nyika ndeye ma cdes haungo gari pese pese nepanodiwa nevakuru unodzingwa nyangwe kuchinaya…izvi zvakamboitika nguva yamabhunhu vanhu vachibviswa nzvimbo dzakanaka vachiisa kuru kangarahweee…ndo size yedu chaiyo iyoyi mazimbaaa we deserve it wel done bob…itai muchirova varikunonoka kupaza dzimba dzavo rovai sitereki coz ndoo vanhu vamwe chete vakakuvhoterai ivavo chaya yeenaah …..nxaaaa handina chekuchema kuma zimbaaaaa…zanu inotoziva kuti mastupid aya ukamarova, ukamapazira dzimba come election vanenge vakanganwa vo voter futi saka ndoo zvatinoda gushungo and ticharamba takashinga…a nation of tsupid educated fools

    • Track Telecomms March 19, 2014 at 9:04 am #

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    • Mthulisi March 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

      Bhora mugedhi!!!!!!!

  2. ngabe March 19, 2014 at 6:15 am #

    Is he not the one who was recently prophesied about by TB Joshua? Joshua said one Southern African leader will be taken away to hospital on a plane never to return to work again. So dont worry about him anymore. Its a matter of time

  3. beans March 19, 2014 at 6:42 am #

    pakayipa, but what they are doing is very unfair you know

  4. chikata March 19, 2014 at 6:56 am #

    Tasting their own medicine!Ndivo vanomuvhotera chaizvo this old evil man.No sympathy.

    • Tarisai March 19, 2014 at 12:43 pm #

      Pamber mberi nevhu redu, asvotwa ngaabude. 2018 mo Vhotera futi musangano unokupai ivhu kunge Sadza, hanzi no job no food. Makanganwa akakupai ivhu.

  5. gondo harishaye March 19, 2014 at 7:14 am #

    batai vanhu vakomana kana vanetsa touyawo isu gondo harishaye mukadzi wasabhuku ndi sabhukuwo saka wagushungo ndiii aaaaaaaaaa kkkkkk sorry wa president ndi waiziva tisu tirikutonga kusvika tafa muchamama.
    nehanda endai kumusha kkkkkkk

  6. Flip flopper March 19, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    U a saying these villagers a the ones who voted zpf but at tyms u say it was nikuv who is confussed here.just tell the truth was it nikuv or the pple who did it for zpf.we may be educated fools but we cannot vote 4 an uneducated fool mrt.

  7. sastina March 19, 2014 at 7:24 am #

    You reap wat you sow.Tsvangirayi once lamented amusati matambura,this is just but the beginning.just wish mai va Tambaoga and va Cde Chinx were among those evicted timbonzwa kuti vachaimba voti chii.come 2018 mabenzi achatambira bora mugedi risina ma nets (benefits)

  8. Unibrains March 19, 2014 at 7:26 am #

    ngavasavhotera Zanu pf futi apa vetokwe mukosi vanemaronda anobomha ropa ivo vakutanga imwe futi,,, “zvakaoma abiyanguweeee “

  9. Zim March 19, 2014 at 7:50 am #

    Nice lesson to you next time you will vote wisely

  10. Rebel March 19, 2014 at 8:08 am #

    Bhora mugedhi varume. Hee hatitongwe na Tsvangirai tinoda ZANU PF yedu. Hoo. Vakunyatsotonga ka makuchema futi. Ndimi makavapa simba ibvai makanyarara. Pamberi ne ZANU PF.

  11. zacks magora March 19, 2014 at 8:13 am #

    A2 farmers be careful especially when you are on fertile,prime land you better build your muscle.

  12. Portiphar Simango March 19, 2014 at 8:17 am #

    The liberator is done with liberating Zimbabweans. He is now liberating wild animals (at the expense of the people). Its now “bhora mugedhi” all the way. We have Nikuv to “thank” for this !

  13. tapitapi March 19, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    Huwori ndokwa hunotangira kwaMugabe ikoko,,, havana basa nevanhu vemunyika muno avooo

  14. mafira kureva March 19, 2014 at 8:56 am #

    ngavamame nehanda nehanda kuita sei. pavaiti bhora mugedhi ndobhora racho.kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  15. codza tii March 19, 2014 at 9:00 am #

    Thanks cde Martin Dinha to exonerate the President on this miscalculated mischief.Mudra wont fight his people and go against his set principals.Nada.He is showing love for his pple by building a school and orphanage at Mzowe at a time Svangirai ari kukwira anhu from zambezi to limpopo.Shame on mdc.

    • DG March 22, 2014 at 11:41 pm #

      Iwewe unotorwara iwe.

  16. Taurai March 19, 2014 at 9:30 am #

    @Kodza tii, I sincerely hope you wil be able to send your children to those schools because they are not being built for everyone’s child, especially the evicted villagers. How many people can afford fees at US$3500 (three thousand five hundred United States Dollars) per term! Nyika yaenda iyi.

    Ndakanzwawo kuti pane mumwe mukadzi akapamba nzvimbo yanga yakatengwa nechikoro chinonzi Eaglesvale. Nzvimbo yacho iri kuBorrowdale, paHelensvale apooo, the eastern side of Domboshawa road, between Harare Drive and Helensvale shops. Pane akazvinzwawo??

  17. Stokononzi March 19, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    Tarohwa 1 – 0

  18. Fosholo Kapwepwe March 19, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    Do people that comment me included realise that the poor villagers do not read these comments? Otherwise I would have invited them to go collect some AK 47 hidden in the hills not too far from that farm and learn to respond accordingly to violence. Talk of missing planes, the next one is going to be a ZW…… enroute to Sing Aporeeeeh.

  19. Rushinga Chitange Nyamuzeya March 19, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    Wamwe takasiya tatengesa misha apa taakudzingiwa fanike imbwa. Kuitawo here ikoko? Dai wawakira magame park awo kuRushinga kwacho wabvisa wanhu tayenda kunowakira Mazowe Bindura. KuRushinga ndoo kudohwiwa hondo asi hapana chisvinu chatawonaba isu. Wakuru weduwa mbawachiziwa kuti zvimbwanana hazvisvinure musi mubodzi. Gone ana gona wache. Wataisitururira matohwe ndiwo waakutiseka maparapadzwa. Rimwe zuwa kamba achasangana noanedemo. Tazvijaira. Tichasangana pakubira kahwizi.

  20. princo March 19, 2014 at 9:43 am #

    ko kwavo kwazvimba hakuna land here zvovouya kuzo invader our beloved province,anywer regai zvivake ko kuchei vachatisiira zvedu isu makorekore tozodhla zvemahara vakai sterek asi muchaisiya nyika iyi nezvivkwa zvacho modzokera makashama musina chamakabata hupfumi hauendwe naho muvhu.asi mabuyangu ndimi makavhota chionai manje i hope you learn the lesson

  21. Ndeyeropa March 19, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    Zanu PF has always been a part of ruling by muscle power [”zveginya”]

    From the bush war, when they were forcing villagers to slaughter their chickens, raping girls at the pungwes and up to now ndizvo zvavari.

    Twitter handle @JeraAfrika

  22. skoko March 19, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    mugabe & hitler same stuff

  23. Mhandu March 19, 2014 at 10:18 am #

    @beans I concur with you. Whenever I discuss Zim politics with my friends I always tell them that Mugabe never had Zimbabweans at heart. We have allowed these ZANU PF people to abuse us for along time and see how the way they are behaving.What can we do ipapa.Ko zvimapurisa zvacho zvinodii kuramba kuti hatidi kuita utsinye hwakadaro.

  24. Chambara March 19, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    Hon. Dinha this issue is not whether the President is involved or not.
    It is an issue of humanity. How dare you can order such eviction during this time of the year. Honestly you had all the powers to effect the evictions last year if you really wanted to. All of a sudden you enlist the services of the police to evict these villagers?

    Shame shame shame on you!!!

    Turning to the President himself, do these reports reach your ears? What do you say or feel about such?

    I am reminded of your recently held birthday parties in Marondera as well as the belated one in Harare last week.
    You find it fit to have such parties in your honour when multitudes of people in Tokwe-Murkosi are displaced. I would have thought this would have been a proper moment for you to show that you care for the people by foregoing the lavish parties and forwarding to the people of TM.

    I am certain the whole nation would have prayed to The Almighty to give you many more years where you can then celebrate timeless.

    Hameno Gushungo.

  25. see March 19, 2014 at 12:12 pm #

    @chambara, does mugabe, grace and the whole of zanu have a conscience. sorry mate you will continually be disappointed.

  26. pilsener March 19, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

    havana hanya nevanhu ava, havakudei. Zvavo zvakaitaka.

  27. Tarisai March 19, 2014 at 12:47 pm #

    Nikuv no Nikuv, pamberimberi nevhu redu. Asvotwa ngaabude. 2018 muvhotere futi musangano we vanhu this time tinokupai dzamba mu town kudzinga ma Brandaya ese. Rambai makashinga. Kuno gara ba Highway hazvibatsire, dzokerai kwamakabva momirira 2018 ivhu nderedu haripere. Aluta continua.

  28. war vet March 19, 2014 at 12:49 pm #

    Zvimwe ndezvimwe lan Smith was better, its more bearable to suffer racism from white man than to be brutalised by your own skin. We went to war for nothing

  29. jabson March 19, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    @ war vet.Wazvionaka!

  30. goodchildgonebad March 19, 2014 at 3:06 pm #


  31. zungunde March 19, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    Mapfupa angu achamuka…..kikikikiki, ngamuke tione, hezvo mbuya nehanda vadzingwa vakaraswa Rushinga…..

  32. chinos March 19, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    evictions are increasing, why not preventing it if the government really cares about the social welfare of its people?

  33. BabaLee March 19, 2014 at 6:07 pm #

    Ivo vaimhanya vachinopinda kunoti mbweshe kugara muma Wildlife parks zvine pfungwa izvozvo? These are the same pple responsible for widespread countrywide poaching resulting in extinction of so many animals dzatakakura tichiyevedzwa nadzo. Whilst it’s totally inhumane to chase them away now when they were due to reap their crops, next time people should just think before you act. Wildlife areas should be just left alone, they are for wildlife.

  34. Okech March 19, 2014 at 8:04 pm #

    The general feelings expressed are those of shame that a leader could be allowing this to happen to real and defenseless people especially at this time of the year? For evil to flourish good men and women choose to keep quite and drink their whiskey??????? The rest just complain about it. What else is going to happen by 31 December 2014? We need action before it is too late?

  35. Comrade March 19, 2014 at 9:48 pm #

    Hahaha, kufira mafufu segonzo chaiko. Shame, these stupid people forget that bob is not from Zimbabwe but Ghana, so does not care about true Zimbabwe people. Shame to the Nehanda spirit medium, am sure this shows vakafira mahara, and must be going mad in her grave. Ndiro bhora mugedhi racho, rambai makashinga ma comrade

  36. Gus March 20, 2014 at 5:11 am #

    Mugabe must be man enough to stand up to his wife and tell her to stop this senseless greed. For crying out loud, how many farms are going to be enough for her? This is now a sickness. She needs her head examined

  37. nkulumo March 20, 2014 at 6:40 am #

    & Mbuya Nehanda didn’t see this coming. Its a useless spirit medium otherwise she shud hv told the villagers to vacate in advance. Mbuya my foot. Tongai Gushungo. Toita zvese zvamunoda

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