Earlier last week as the Mugabes were placed under house arrest, their representative had told ZimEye.com they exploded in joy upon hearing the news that their oppressor has been put down arrest. Since early this year, Grace had disregarded High Court orders stopping her from expanding her business empire into the villagers’ homesteads.
The latest developments mean a dead end for the Mugabes as Grace Mugabe is now cornered, following the events of the last two weeks.
For hours, villagers waving placards sang and danced to revolutionary songs while others denigrated Mugabe’s “greediness” and demonstrated at Grace’s Mazowe orphanage gate, demanding justice before they marched around the shopping centre in solidarity with others celebrating Mugabe’s downfall. Stella Nikisi (65) who spoke to NewsDay showed them a swollen leg sustained from assault by the police who wanted to remove her from Arnold Farm.
Nikisi said, “Because of Grace and her husband, we stayed at Arnold Farm like captives. They demolished our houses each time we tried to put up structures. They enjoyed it when we slept in the open with our grandchildren. Whenever police came to harass us they made sure that they also destroyed our food and property, saying the First Family didn’t want to see us at the farm.
“However, today we are happy that at last we are liberated. We are free people and all those who didn’t want to protect us, particularly (Mashonaland Central Provincial Affairs minister Martin) Dinha and the district administrator’s office, have been shamed.
“It’s wrong to side with greedy people.”