Please stop Grace

HARARE - With little or no notice, the police burned and demolished scores of homes at a farm in Mazowe to make way for President Robert Mugabe’s rapacious wife Grace — who wants to expand her vast business interests in the area.

Scores of Zimbabwean citizens lost their homes and livelihoods as a result of the demolition job which echoes the internationally condemned 2005 “Operation Murambatsvina”.

As reported elsewhere in this edition, Zimbabwe’s opposition political parties are outraged.

So controversial have the evictions been that many Zimbabweans have over the past few days been questioning Grace’s sincerity to her philanthropic work and commitment to the disadvantaged — which she loves to brag about — particularly as the violent removals are also in blatant violation of the country’s laws.

The action is in total disregard of a High Court order obtained by the Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) last year to stop the evictions.

Police have not just been destroying the evicted families’ homes and heartlessly slashing their maize crops, they have also left traumatised women, frail old people and young children to their own devices in the open, in driving rain.

And with schools set to open this week, it is clear that many children will suffer the consequences and miss lessons. It is understood that Grace wants to turn the fertile farm into a lucrative animal sanctuary.

The humanitarian crisis facing the displaced is beyond measure and we urge President Robert Mugabe to urgently intervene and stop this senseless and inhuman grabbing of land by his wife.

Political parties, non-governmental organisations and legislators argue that government’s actions violate the purpose and provisions of the Rome Statute.

Zimbabwe is not a party to the Rome Statute, and the Manzou violations are unfolding within its own territory and against its own citizens.

Grace must understand that the people she is mercilessly evicting also have rights just like her and the entire first family.

Surely we cannot allow one person to terrorise innocent people like this — treating them like animals.

Legal experts say this demolition job is illegal and whoever is responsible should be held to account.

Mugabe must intervene because government usually refuses to hold the responsible parties accountable or to provide a forum for redress for dispossessed citizens who are guaranteed rights of action at law.

But one worrying aspect is that Grace is clearly overwhelming Mugabe in terms if key decisions in the country.

The international community must strongly condemn the operation, coming at the height of the southern hemisphere’s very wet rainy season, to send a message that internal displacements are an international human rights problem, rather than a purely domestic issue.

 

Comments (10)

Who do you expect to stop Grace? You must say lest stop Grace instead of expecting others to do it while you sit in your comfortable office. Itai Dzamara was battered by police for asking Mugabe to resign and no one was there to support him. Demonstrations alone can remove this govt and Morgan should step up and lead the people out of this misery.

Disaster - 11 January 2015

kana ngoma yoriririsa yave padhuze pekudambuka....grace has been made to believe that she is untouchable. I wonder how the so called big wigs in zanu just look and keep appeasing'amai'.it beggars belief kuti varume nevakadzi vakuru vanopusa kusvika maextremes iwayo. why was given the women's league leadership when she knows nothing about women except chihure chake. Women of zanu pf how do you feel when your leader is destabilising families in this way. why is not anyone in the women's league condemning this hure....how can such a once vibrant and powerful organisation just look and lick 'amai''s arse.madzimai ezanupf ndizvo here zvamakamiririra izvi.....ndiye mutungamiri wenyu here uyu......mukai madzimai muone nhamo dzemumba menyu...bread and butter munaro here mudzimba menyu...ko nyama...tarisai kuti mabasics imi munawo here musati matutumadza vana grace marufu, pamire gono,zhuwao a! mugabe kanhi. Zimbabwe yese ngatirwisei mukadzi uyu asarambe achijaidzwa...paanodzoka kubva kuhoridhe awane masamba asiyana.deno tiri zvedu kulagos,,,,mugabe nehure rake vakabviswa kare kare

varoti - 11 January 2015

Let's unite Zimbabweans how can 12000000 people fail against 1 stupid idiot who didn't even fight the war! Can the real war veterans stand up and show yourself! You have demonstrated against people who have wanted to save the country, now you let this con do this! It's now embarrassing to be Zimbabwean! Let's have the same spirit we used to destroy Ian Smith, no one is larger than life!

Sizalibusa Mondera - 11 January 2015

Grace's actions are a clear testimony that there is no RULE of LAW in Zimbabwe.So pathetic is our HUMAN RIGHTS record internationally.Why should we expect the outside world to support us against our fellow black Zimbabweans?How do we show our love for fellow blacks?Where & how do we cry about sanctions from the WEST??HYPOCRITES!1!

Ngororombe - 12 January 2015

A zanu pf war vet is not a freedom fighter but simply a zanu pf supporter. No serious freedom fighter fought for lawlessness,land grabbing or such madness as we see the first lady doing to fellow blacks in Mazoe.No true freedom fighter can condone corruption in ZANU PF. No true freedom fighter can accept ZANU PF's foolish excuses for failing to run the economy of this great country.

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CARTRIDGE GALLERY - 12 January 2015

So why don't the serious/true war vets stand up and say no? If you didn't fight for all this chaos why are you not telling ZPF to stop and do a U-turn. Everyone is suffering. Mugabe must go! There is no rule of law/law and order in Zimbabwe. ZPF must be crazy if they think they are going to attract serious investment.

Freedom4Zim - 12 January 2015

vamwe vanesvava dziri kuvata dzichinayiwa panze zvikoro zvirikuvhurwa and this is the best time kutemera munhu chibage chaakarima kunaMwari kudenga

joy - 12 January 2015

I am a former zpf supporter, but this last circus including Mai Mujuru caused me to jump ship. I now agree, bob must go, but not alone, with his entire zpf. They are all corrupt. The problem for me is tsvangson is not an option. I admit, the rest of you may have seen that bob was greedy much earlier than I did, but all the same tsvangson just can't be allowed to run this country. I can tell you now that things will be much worse than now. We need an educated 45 year old or younger! Grace is the absolute disgrace of this nation. Ndakashaya pekunyariria ne PHD yemahara!

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