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Grace Mugabe fumes, dares workers

Former first lady Grace Mugabe allegedly told her farm workers that she was untouchable and no one will force her to pay their outstanding wages, including President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

BY NUNURAI JENA

According to workers at Gwina Farm in Banket, Grace visited the property last week accompanied by her husband former president Robert Mugabe and told the 106 employees that she was not going to pay them terminal benefits.

She allegedly dared the workers to take the matter to Mnangagwa, saying she would not be coerced into paying them.

The Gwina Farm workers’ representative Golden Pinjisi said the Mugabes visited the farm after employees demanded that they be given their terminal benefits since the operations of the farm were handed over to a Wilson Marufu last September.

“She came breathing fire in Banket accompanied by former president Mugabe and lied that she had given us our dues, but when asked by Mugabe if she had evidence that she paid us she went mad, telling the former president to keep quiet accusing us of lying to him. She is still the motor-mouth Grace Mugabe” said Pinjisi

Pinjisi said Grace reminded them that the Mugabes were still in control and Mnangagwa had no power over them.

“Let’s meet in the courts. I will not give you any cent even if you go and report to Mnangagwa. Nothing is going to change.

Mnangagwa has no say over us,” said Pinjisi quoting Grace.

Another worker, Sarudzai Mutema, confirmed the visit by the Mugabes and alleged that Grace was trying to intimidate the workers instead of paying them their benefits.

“The former first lady Grace came here yesterday threatening us and telling us that she is not giving us our money even if we report the matter to Mnangagwa,” she said .

Mutema said what irked them most was that Grace wanted to give them rice as payment for their labour.

Grace’s lawyer Fungai Chimwamurombe confirmed the meeting, but claimed some employees were raising “false allegations” because they did not want to leave the farm, which they were “illegally” occupying.

“There are no terminal benefits payable to anyone in the circumstances. There is no claim that has been raised before any court of law or labour officer,” he said. “Some ex-employees are raising these false allegations because they don’t want to leave the farm which they are illegally occupying.”

On the allegations that the Mugabes wanted to create a new entity known as Vusumuzi Estates to replace Gushungo Holdings to avoid paying workers their terminal benefits, Chimwamurombe said the former is a subsidiary of the latter.

“Please note that Vusumuzi is a subsidiary of Gushungo Holdings and some of these employees were always employed by Vusumuzi, even to date,” he said.

“This is clear from their contracts. Mr Marufu is only managing the farming operations.”

Gwina Farm was reportedly grabbed by Grace from Supreme Court judge Justice Ben Hlatshwayo, who was then allocated another land.

According to reports, the former first family owns over 10 farms in the country.

10 Responses to Grace Mugabe fumes, dares workers

  1. Godie Maths February 26, 2018 at 10:14 am #

    That family needs to be put on tight corner. Mugabe is hallucinating. He thinks people of Zim are sympathetic to him. He must be remnded that he is now bad history. He has no legacy at all.

  2. zipp February 26, 2018 at 10:42 am #

    President ED you need to clip down the wings of this formers looters family. Remember times time does not move backwards it move forward. You are now the President flex your muscles. Don’t let people see you as Mugabe’s clone..it will cost you in July-August events.

  3. maita February 26, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

    With such characters roaming free ED cannot transform Zimbabwe into a modern country. So Bob was asked to shut up and he wants Zimbabweans to take him seriously when he says he was in control? Shame!

  4. J February 26, 2018 at 3:15 pm #

    This just says it all about arrogant Disgrace in the manner she spoke to the old man just shows she is very controlling something needs to be done about her

  5. LKE February 26, 2018 at 3:52 pm #

    The can afford to throw a lavish birthday party for the selfish old man but cannot pay the workers they are a sick couple

  6. Cde Mabhunu muchatiza February 26, 2018 at 5:19 pm #

    ED can not act directly. Thee people must go to the court. If ED acts then it is not following the rule of law. RGM will suffer slow but sure. He will be called by the courts and rulings will be made

  7. muntungwa February 27, 2018 at 2:50 pm #

    Very sickening.

  8. murigadzose February 27, 2018 at 6:53 pm #

    Shame, ed is treating them with kids gloves and if this continues, i am thinking otherwise, i was going to be a first time zanu pf voter, buttt…….. chamisa is calling.

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    So what is that Roman Catholic Priest who was busy mediating on behealf of this greedy selfish family think about this issue

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