A UNITED KINGDOM- based lawyer and Zanu PF apologist Masimba Mavaza on Monday praised government after it withdrew a 2004 offer letter for a farm allocated to a close relative of the late former President Robert Mugabe, Zim Morning Post can report.
Robert Zhuwao, who is the son of Mugabe’s late sister Sabina Mugabe, had his offer letter for the 232-hectare piece of land in Mashonaland East province withdrawn for what authorities said was gross neglect of the farmland.
The farm was last week offered to Kirsty Coventry, the Sports minister in President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government and her husband.
Some political analysts spoken to by this publication described the move by government as political persecution against Mugabe’s remnant, questioning why some top government ministers and others who had derelict multiple farms were being allowed to keep them.
“Look at others like Obert Mpofu who have multiple farms that they are keeping probably for speculative purposes; they have not had their offer letters withdrawn.
“The list of people who have multiple farms in Zimbabwe is now public knowledge,” said a Zim Morning Post source who preferred anonymity.
But Mavaza, in an interview with a UK-based online website- News of the South – stood firmly behind goverment’s decision to withdraw Zhuwao’s offer letter, claiming that he was a multiple farmer owner.
A senior Agriculture ministry official, however, dismissed allegations by Mavaza of Zhuwao being a multiple farm-owner, saying the only piece of land registered in the Mugabe relative’s name was one in Mashonaland East.
“High-profile personalities with multiple farms are known to government and there are hundreds of them.
“If government had wanted to offer Coventry a farm, it should have gotten one from people like Perrance Shiri or maybe Patrick Chinamasa and others.
“These are some of the people with multiple farms,” said our source.