By A Correspondent- Since the death of former President Robert Mugabe in September, the first family have been pummelled with several lawsuits threatening their hold on wealth accumulated during the former leader’s 37-year rule.
In the latest development, the once untouchable former first lady’s business empire is on the brink of collapse, as another gold miner who was evicted during the first family’s business expansion in Mazowe, is now seeking to evict Grace from the properties.
On Monday this week, Ngoni Mutopo, who is one of the victims unjustly evicted from the Mazowe Citrus Estate, petitioned the court seeking an order to interdict Gushungo Holdings from barring him to access his gold mining claims.
Mutopo’s application comes weeks after another miner, Langton Chapungu, petitioned the High Court seeking eviction of Grace Mugabe from Mazowe Citrus Estate.
In his application, Mutopo accused Gushungo Holdings of interfering with his operations.
“The applicant (Mutopo) was unlawfully chased from his two blocks of mines Ciron Mask 68 and 69 in Iron Mask Estate in Mazowe, where he has been lawfully mining and is being denied the right by the respondent (Gushungo Holdings), who is acting unlawfully and without a court order authorising him to act in that manner.”
“The applicant’s ore on the mining site is being stolen by illegal panners who are working in cahoots with the respondent’s employees. The applicant is being prejudiced by the respondent’s unlawful actions, hence is seeking urgent relief,” Mutopo said in his papers.