Top Harare school in bid to reclaim prime land ‘grabbed’ by Grace Mugabe

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe (L) addresses party members and officials gathered at his party headquarters to show support to Grace Mugabe (R) becoming the party's next Vice President after the dismissal of Emerson Mnangagwa November 8 2017. Zimbabwe's sacked vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, said on November 8, 2017, he had fled the country, as he issued a direct challenge to long-ruling President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace. / AFP PHOTO / Jekesai NJIKIZANA

HARARE – A top private school in the capital city of Zimbabwe, Harare, is trying to reclaim prime land allegedly seized from it by former first lady, Grace Mugabe. The 23-hectare plot of land is in the heart of Harare’s plush northern Borrowdale suburb, which is just a few kilometres from the former first family’s private mansion.

Grace Mugabe is reported to have taken over the land some years ago with the help of former local government minister, Ignatius Chombo, without the knowledge of the school.

Eaglesvale Senior School has now renewed its fight for the large piece of land donated to it by RCZ (Reformed Church of Zimbabwe) close to 40 years ago and registered under the Eaglesvale Daisyfield Trust (EDT),” said a report.  It is understood that the school wants to build a new campus on the Borrowdale property.

Grace Mugabe is reported to have been growing maize on the land, which is close to the main Borrowdale road. School officials visited the property this week and changed locks on the gate and erected a billboard. The Mugabes broke down the locks and took down the notice with the help of the police.

“Mugabe’s family came (on Monday) and the old man (Mugabe) was there in person. They asked for police escort to break the lock, went inside and pulled down the billboard and left,” said an unnamed source.

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