Govt sued over Grace

VILLAGERS forcibly evicted from Manzou Farm in Mazowe at the instigation of former First Lady Grace Mugabe (pictured), have taken government to court, demanding compensation for loss of property and dignity they endured, as the former First Family was seeking to expand its business empire.

BY BLESSED MHLANGA

Through their human rights lawyer, Noble Chinhau, the 30 villagers led by Leonard Mukoore, cited Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu, Acting police Commissioner-General Godwin Matanga and six junior cops as respondents.

They are seeking compensation for loss of property and their dignity during the forced eviction from Manzou Farm.

In papers filed at the Bindura Magistrates Court, the villagers accused police of illegally evicting them without a court order.

“The facts giving rise to the claim are that on January the defendants and approximately arrived at Arnold Farm (known as Manzou Farm) armed with guns and baton sticks. They ordered the plaintiff and other residents to vacate the Farm, though they did not provide a court order,” the villagers argued.

Mukoore, in a sworn affidavit, said she suffered humiliation at the hands of the police, who assaulted him in front of his minor children, while they destroyed his two-roomed cottage, kitchen hut, five tonnes of maize, 17 bags of ground nuts and household furniture during the raids.

“At all material times the (Commissioner-General of Police) CGP and his team were aware that their actions were unlawful and they were acting within the course and scope of their employment with the Minister of Home Affairs and the CGM, and as such the two are vicariously liable for their actions,” Mukoore submitted.

The villagers accused the minister and police of violating the Constitution with impunity, while seeking to curry favour with the Mugabe family.

“The defendant’s actions were in clear violation of section 74 of the Constitution which provides that no person may be evicted from their home, or have their home demolished without an order of the court made after considering relevant circumstances. These actions were in clear violation of the Plaintiffs right to property under section 71 of the constitution,” Mukoore said.

“The plaintiff and her children suffered great humiliation, shock and trauma as a result of their home being destroyed in from of their community by police officers. They endured much emotional suffering and physical hardship having been rendered homeless and at the mercy of the elements.”


Of the total $50 000 compensation demands by the villagers, Mukoore is personally demanding $7 570 including cost of suit and interests from 2015.

13 Comments

  1. ‘…that on January the defendants and approximately arrived at Arnold Farm (known as Manzou Farm) armed with…’

    Meaning?

    1. The Second Coming

      the plaintiff can change from male to female as if she is a SHEMALE

  2. Kkk, its caused by writers who pen their stories with a bias or with a pinch of salt. They have no time to proof read their content as they will be in a rush hour to upload. Thank you for being that observant. l had finished reading the story without picking that SHEMALE. Maybe l had read with a bias in a rush hour kkkkkk.

  3. Grace yaive nhundurwa muziso chaiyo.

  4. How could the government be sued on some issue that was done by somebody who was not even the employee of the government. Grace did this with the back up of her husband so let her face the music.She acquired a lot of properties through unorthodox means so let the state take her properties and sell so as to compensate these families. Kaituma mapurisa with the backing of Chihuri and the Matibiri to destroy people’s homes and households.The person who is supposed to be in shit is the Stop it Bird not anybody else.

    1. Abi Makiwa, I cldnt have said it better…..

      1. Grace didn’t beat them but Police.

  5. Further, why must we the tax payers pay for Grace’s deliberate acts of greed? Grace and accomplices must pay the full price! I long for the day when she will be called up to answer for her corrupt deeds and misconducts.

  6. The quality of editing is awful, spelling, grammar, and gender changing issues.

  7. Comment…kuda kuchinjana nyika ino nemurume wako kuchiita nyika yekwa mugabe ino kusanyara

  8. Goodness Gracious all of a sudden Mukoore who is supposed to be a female has changed their gender to Male ????!

  9. Piz sue Grace Mugabe, not our government

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