Mnangagwa's 'daughter' entangled in land row

HARARE - Shorai Kudzai Muchemwa, who claims to be Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s daughter, is frantically trying to evict a white commercial farmer from a Goromonzi farm.

The farmer, Martin Grobler has since filed an urgent chamber High Court application, seeking to stop the eviction.

In the application, Grobler cited Muchemwa, Edwin Zimuto, and the officer-in-charge at Epworth Police Station as respondents.

Grobler has been charged with contravening the Land Acquisition Act after claims that he had refused to vacate Lot 1 Buena Vista Farm in Goromonzi, leading to his conviction by the Harare Magistrates’ Courts.

He later appealed against the ruling before filing a successful application for the stay of execution of his eviction pending the hearing of his appeal.

Muchemwa, who claims to be Mnangagwa’s daughter, is now gunning for the farm.

“On the 7th of February 2016, the first respondent came again with her thugs and came to my house and told me that I should know by now that she was the daughter of Vice President Mnangagwa and that no one will stop her in the country,” Grobler said.

“I also wish to state that on the 9th of February 2016, the first respondent came to the farm with the second respondent (Zimuto) again and told me that I was wasting my time and that I will know that this country is not for whites and that Vice President Mnangagwa calls the shots in government.”

Grobler said that the issue arose after the Lands ministry subdivided his farm and gave Muchemwa an offer letter before the determination of his appeal.

“I perceive that such conduct is contemptuous of this court and has a tendency of disrespecting the dignity of this court and the rule of law,” Grobler said in his appeal.

He added that he was staying at the farm lawfully, adding that he had been issued with an offer letter.

He, however, said Muchemwa had decided to take the law into her own hands and employed thuggish tactics by recruiting some youths to harass him and force him to leave the farm.

“Even though the first respondent (Muchemwa) is not bound by the order appealed against, she is entitled to respect it,” Grobler said.

“I say this because on the 1st of February 2016, the first respondent came to my place with some hired people who were drunk and armed with AK47 rifles and told me to leave.”

Grobler said Muchemwa and Zimuto demanded $1 million for him to remain at the farm. After he told them that he could not afford the amount, they reduced it to $500 000, before he proposed to pay $15 000.

He alleged that Zimuto pointed a gun at him and threatened to kill him, but the police refused to act on his report, claiming the issue was political.

He said that Muchemwa told him that he was going to be evicted by the army.

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