Close to two decades ago, Grace Mugabe’s husband, Robert Mugabe, instigated invasions of white-owned farms, in what would be the genesis of Zimbabwe’s catastrophic economic ruin.
Now, in what some might regard as a dose of Karma, with her husband out of power, illegal miners have literally invaded Grace Mugabe’s farm in search of gold. The farm is in Mazowe, about 40 kilometres north of Harare.
The miners have vowed to stay on the farm, despite a warning from the police, and say they will only move when the country’s new President, Emmerson Mnangagwa, intervenes and addresses their ‘grievances’, according to one of Zimbabwe’s popular publications, The Zimbabwe Standard.
Donning Mnangagwa’s 2018 election campaign T-shirts, the miners have been seen digging for gold, using pickaxes, hoes and shovels, only a few metres from Mugabe’s sprawling soya bean.
Describing the scene of at the farm, The Zimbabwe Standard reported, “All around the place, the ‘zama zamas’ are excavating shafts, draining water from the open pits using pumps, bringing out ore in tins and loading the mineral into lorries that continuously move in and out of the farm.”
The miners justified the invasion as implementation of the Indigenisation Policy that Robert Mugabe introduced. Under the Policy, which has since been suspended, indigenous Zimbabweans were to be the primary beneficiaries of economic opportunities.