FIRST Lady Grace Mugabe has reportedly ordered her son Russel Goreraza off Tolrose Gold Mine in the mineral-rich Kadoma as the ownership wrangle continues to escalate.
BY RICHARD CHIDZA
Goreraza, Grace’s son from her first marriage before she married President Robert Mugabe, is locked up in a bitter ownership wrangle of the mine with Jameson Rushwaya.
“About two months ago, the First Family sent an emissary to Rushwaya to find out what was going on. They realised that Goreraza had been drawn into the fight by businessman Patterson Timba after the later realised he was losing the intriguing battle for control of the mine to Rushwaya,” a source told NewsDay.
“Given the bad publicity the wrangle has attracted, the First Lady has called her son off the feud. She (Grace) is not as bad as people portray her and on realising that her son was being used for a dirty deed, the First Lady pulled the plug.”
But Goreraza has reportedly roped in hawks from the black empowerment lobby group, Affirmative Action Group, in the form of regional presidents Munya Kashambe (Mashonaland East) and Mike Chimombe (Mashonaland West) amid reports the current vicious push has been fuelled by claims the mine is holding a “stockpile of gold ore”.
While Kashambe was not available for comment, Chimombe confirmed he had helped “broker a deal” between Rushwaya and Goreraza.
“We were involved and helped broker a deal between Goreraza and Rushwaya. Rushwaya, unfortunately, is now changing goalposts and we have adopted a wait-and-see attitude. I last had any involvement in that issue around March this year,” Chimombe said.
“We actually helped Rushwaya return to the mine after he had abandoned it for three years.”
Rushwaya confirmed Goreraza’s involvement to NewsDay, but tried to downplay the dispute. “I heard police went to the mine and spoke to my manager as I was not there. I am yet to get full details of what they really wanted. I have no problem with Goreraza or the First Family. But I have a problem with his (Goreraza’s) allies who are abusing their links to those in power and claiming to be representing the First Family,” Rushwaya said.
Tolrose has almost collapsed after Goreraza took over claiming that he bought shares from Timba.