I INVITED GRACE TO DEVELOP MANZOU FARM :MINISTER | First Lady Grace Mugabe did not invade invade Manzou Farm but was invited to develop it, according to Mashonaland Central Minister, Martin Dinha.
He told The Herald :“I want to place it on record as I have done before that Manzou Game Reserve is a designated Parks and Wildlife area. It was so before and after the land reform
programme. In addition, Manzou and surrounding areas constitute the gazetted Nehanda National Monument which is as important and symbolic as the Great Zimbabwe Monument.”
Critically, Manzou Game Conservancy and the surrounding farms are protected areas and should not be subjected to any settlement. Anyone who occupied or resettled in Manzou did so illegally. The State cannot promote or allow squatters or legalise illegal settlements. As provincial authorities, we have a duty to protect the environment and our heritage such as the sacred land of Gomba and Manzou where Mbuya Nehanda lived.
“The First Lady has done a lot for us in Mashonaland Central and Zimbabwe in general – building schools and looking after orphans at Mazowe Children’s Home and some poor minds want to find fault everywhere.
We appreciate her good work and it is us as the province that have approached her to invest in critical areas for the good of our province and Zimbabwe. We will stand by our First Lady and the First Family as some of you seek to please your handlers and attract donor funding.”
But the Human Rights Commission has been scathing in its criticism of Grace Mugabe who has unleashed violence on villagers on the Manzou farm.
On Mazowe Dam, Dinha said the First Family was just one of those farmers using the dam. The dam is jointly owned by Mazowe Citrus (60 percent) and the Government of Zimbabwe (40 percent).
Other farms that access water from the same dam are Laurancedale Farm (where there are four farmers) Georgia West Plot, Cornucopia Farm, Hamilton Farm and Mazowe Citrus.