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Lake Chivero Resort

Zimbabwe President's nephew told to stop invading tourism facilities

Feb 15, 2011

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's nephew Patrick Zhuwao will be told to stop invading tourism facilities or face disciplinary action at a proposed crisis meeting with Vice President Joyce Mujuru, sources have said.

Impeccable sources told The Standard last week that Zanu PF officials told the Joint Monitoring and Implementation Committee (Jomic) that they had asked Mujuru to reign in the Zvimba East legislator.

This was after he openly defied Mujuru by threatening to re-invade tourist resorts along Lake Chivero despite the fact that his supporters were chased away by police last month. Jomic last week issued a hard-hitting statement on the invasions, which was jointly signed by representatives of the three parties in the unity government, including Zanu PF’s Oppah Muchinguri. The body said the invasions were against the spirit of the Global Political Agreement (GPA) that underpins the unity government.

Jomic reportedly wanted to summon Zhuwao before Muchiguri intervened saying they would make sure that Mujuru summoned the youthful MP for a dressing down.
Zhuwao issued threats after Mujuru had apologized to the owners of the facilities and promised that the invasions would not happen again.

The invasion was reported more than a week ago when a mob of about 150 people arrived at Kumba Shiri resort, where the renowned Larvon Bird Gardens are situated. The land invaders, wearing ZANU PF regalia, locked-down the resort by padlocking the main gates and prevented the residents from the 30 homes situated on the property from leaving. The mob also moved along Chivero lake, locking-down about 20 clubs and other tourist facilities, also preventing anyone from leaving.

The land invaders, claiming to be war vets, started taking an inventory of the assets at the recreational park, saying that under the controversial Indigenisation Act, more than 50% of the assets belonged to them. The group of invaders was led by Aaron Mazvi, the district chairman of the war vets in the Zvimba community, who has led other land invasions in the area over the past decade.

Zimbabwe President's nephew told to stop invading tourism facilities
Gary Stafford talks of lodge invasion with Dir. Gen. of Natl. Parks / Image via


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