3 gold panners at Smithfield Farm in Mazowe, which is currently at the centre of an ownership dispute between themselves and the former First Lady Grace Mugabe , have threatened to sue her for labelling them as “thieves and illegal gold panners”, who had invaded her private property.
Speaking to the press yesterday, the miners claimed that they were the rightful owners of the land and gold claims, which Grace is also claiming as hers.
They accused her of annexing property and abusing her political standing in a bid to grab their gold mining claims.
“We have instructed our lawyers to file for a lawsuit. She can’t claim that we are invaders, illegal occupants, when we were the first people to be allocated the property and she know this, but was abusing the political muscle that she had,” the miners’ leader, Shepard Nyazvigo, said.
The miner went on to show journalists copies of a High Court order, case number HC293/18, barring police and Mugabe’s Gushungo Holdings from interfering with the trio’s mining activities.
The miners dug in their feet after Grace tried to push them out after she filed land invasion charges against them.
In her statement to the police, Grace also claimed that the miners had stolen 31 laptops from her Mazowe orphanage, a claim which was later dismissed by Home Affairs minister Obert Mpofu as hogwash.