Joram Gumbo Justifies Why Zimbabwe Airways Uses His Daughter’s House As Offices

Speaking during an interview on ZiFM Stereo with Larry Kwirirayi on Monday evening Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Joram Gumbo justified why Zimbabwe Airways set up offices at his brother’s daughter Mavis Gumbo’s Gletwin house.

Gumbo said Zimbabwe Airways were operating from Air Zimbabwe offices and they had to leave so as not to cause confusion. Said Gumbo:

In order to separate this deal at that time when we had not come to this situation where we are at today, they had to move out. So they looked for accommodation all over and they were impressed and liked to have the accommodation at Mavis Gumbo’s house. A purely business deal that was done through estate agents and why Zim Airways took up the premises as I understand; is because it is spacious, it has got offices and they are using it as accommodation for their staff. So its accommodation and offices. I don’t think anybody who is a Gumbo or related to a Gumbo or related to somebody in any position will be barred to do any business because there is a relationship. It’s not by me, it doesn’t benefit me, it’s her house, it’s being rented out, it’s taken from estate agents. What’s wrong with that?

Asked what procedure was used to decide that Mavis Gumbo’s house should be used as Zimbabwe Airways offices Gumbo said:

Government is people and institutions or corporates are run by people and offices are for corporates. Those running Zim Airways were looking for offices. I don’t know where they could get offices other than houses and that’s what they did.

Mnangagwa To Force Mugabe To Give Up His 20 Farms

THE country’s war veterans have, in a rare show of solidarity, ganged up with opposition parties in a fresh campaign to strip former President Robert Mugabe of his multiple farms for redistribution to millions of deserving Zimbabweans.

mnangagwa with crocodile

BY RICHARD CHIDZA

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association spokesperson Douglas Mahiya confirmed the development yesterday, with the opposition MDC-T and little-known Zimbabwe Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) saying they stood ready to join the campaign to dispossess Mugabe of his reported 20 farms and leave him with one in line with government’s one-man-one-farm policy.

“We fought Mugabe because of his corruption and have demanded for a long time that the policy of one-man-one farm should be implemented without exception. We are not in this supporting or personalising issues against Mugabe, but this has been our clarion call that Mugabe’s corruption was stinking across Zimbabwe, beginning with the multiple farms that he owns,” Mahiya said.

Mugabe has literally been under siege from the governing Zanu PF party apparatchiks since losing power last November, amid reports his Mazowe properties, where former First Lady Grace Mugabe runs an orphanage, citrus plantation and dairy project, had been invaded by gold panners.

MDC-T secretary general Douglas Mwonzora said their campaign was not only targeting Mugabe, but all multiple farm owners.

“There are other senior people in Zanu PF and government who are multiple farm owners. It would be a misnomer to target one person or one family. All people who own multiple farms should be encouraged to return them for allocation to landless Zimbabweans,” he said.

EFF leader Innocent Ndibali said they would soon petition President Emmerson Mnangagwa demanding that he forces Mugabe to relinquish 20 of his 21 farms.

The radical opposition group, whose leadership is in the Diaspora, said it would soon agitate for the invasion of Mugabe’s properties, if no action was taken.

“We, as EFF, are calling on the freedom fighters, traditional leaders and landless citizens to join us as we are lobbying to take over 20 of 21 Mr Mugabe’s farms. We are not apologetic on this and it is not political, but a fair practice, as it addresses the past imbalances.

“Our fathers did not fight and die for one man to have 21 farms. Our fathers did not fight and die to have other races displaced, but to uplift every citizen into same living standards,” the opposition group said.

Presidential spokesperson George Charamba, however, seemed to suggest that Mugabe could be done in by his own creation.

“The official policy position is one person one farm. This is a government policy. It was not created by President Mnangagwa, but by the former President (Mugabe),” Charamba told NewsDay.

Last month, State-controlled media claimed that Mugabe had defied his government’s one-person-one-farm policy and allocated multiple farms to his family and close relations, leasing out some of the land to white commercial farmers.

Among other farms Mugabe is believed to have allocated to himself include Gushungo Estates (4 046 hectares) in Mazowe, Gushungo Dairies

(1 000ha), Iron Mask Estate in Mazowe

(1 046ha), Sigaru Farm in Mazowe (873ha), Gwebi Wood (1 200ha) in Mazowe, Gwina Farm in Mazowe (1 445ha), Leverdale Farm in Banket (1 488ha) and Highfield Farm in Banket (445ha).

In Norton, the former President reportedly owns Cressydale Estate (676ha), Tankatara Farm (575ha), John O’Groats’s Farm (760ha), Clifford Farm

(1 050ha) and Bassiville (1 200ha), putting the land holding of Mugabe’s family to about 16 000ha.

Agriculture minister Perrance Shiri has reportedly also launched an investigation into Mugabe’s land ownership.

Zimbabwe Coup Leaders Invited to Commonwealth Summit in London

Zimbabwe has been invited to the Commonwealth Heads of State Summit that begins in London Monday and ends next Sunday, marking the latest sign of thawing of relations between Harare and London, state media reported Sunday.

However, the country will only have observer status and will not participate in deliberations to take place.

Former President Robert Mugabe withdrew Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth in 2003 following differences over governance issues.

In an interview with The Sunday Mail, Secretary for Foreign Affairs and International Trade Joey Bimha said the Commonwealth invitation was an indication of reciprocity to Zimbabwe’s re-engagement efforts.

He said foreign minister Sibusiso Moyo would attend the summit.

“The minister has been invited by his British counterpart for a visit. He is going to attend the meeting, but he will not participate,” he said.

“We are not privy to the agenda of the summit since we are not participants… But this shows that our re-engagement exercise is working,” he said.

Prior to the summit, Moyo will make an official call on the United States to meet American government authorities, the paper said.

After London, Moyo will travel to Brussels, Belgium, to meet European Union head of Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

Bimha said Zimbabwe’s re-engagement missions had been going well.

“The President has been on record as saying we should make overtures to woo the West again following a long period of isolation. I think the exercise is going on well. We have been to Japan, UK, Portugal, China and Spain,” he said.

“To signal the level of reciprocity Zimbabwe has been enjoying from the West, delegations have visited the country from the European Union, the UK, the U.S. and other countries,” he said.

President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s first foreign visitor following his inauguration last November was then British Minister for Africa Rory Stewart.

UK minister for Africa in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development Harriet Bladwin also visited him in February.