MDC-Alliance legislators yesterday defended former First Lady Grace Mugabe’s ownership of multiple farms and quashed calls by Norton legislator Mr Temba Mliswa to repossess them.
The incident occurred in the National Assembly during the weekly question-and-answer session.
Mr Mliswa said it was on record that the former First Lady had multiple farms and asked Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, as leader of Government business in Parliament, when Government would start repossessing some of them.
President Mnangagwa is on record as saying the former First Family owned more than 10 farms.
“Government embarked on a land audit to see who was utilising land and who was not and for what reason and the multiple farm owners,” said Mr Mliswa.
“It is on record that the former First Lady owns more than four farms and the Government has done absolutely nothing when the policy is one-man one-farm, one-woman one-farm. The question is; what have they done with the land audit and why have they not repossessed land from the former First Lady.”
MDC-Alliance legislators interjected, with St Mary’s legislator Mr Job Sikhala shouting: “Mugabe akafa kare siyanai naye (referring to Mrs Mugabe) and “why do you want to abuse the widow.”
MDC-Alliance legislators briefly brought business to a halt, while Mr Mliswa accused them of supporting Mrs Mugabe because she funded their campaigns in 2018 harmonised elections.
“Makapihwa mari naGrace muchi campaigner (you were funded by Grace during the elections campaign),” Mr Mliswa said.
Mrs Mugabe was the face of the G40 faction that was expelled from Zanu PF during army coup (Operation Restore Legacy) in 2017.
The group has found a home in MDC-Alliance, with former Zanu PF Politburo members — Professor Jonathan Moyo and Patrick Zhuwao — openly throwing their weight behind the opposition party’s president Mr Nelson Chamisa and admitting that they fundraised for MDC Alliance campaign.
Other former G4O members, including Shadreck Mashayamombe and Kudakwashe Bhasikiti have been coopted into the structures of the opposition party.
Speaker of the National Assembly Advocate Jacob Mudenda eventually restored order in the House.
Minister Ziyambi said the Government remained committed and would not change its stance on the one-man, one-farm policy.
“Government indeed embarked on a land audit and our President is very clear on the policy of one-man one-farm and one woman one farm,” Minister Ziyambi said.