‘Grace Mugabe a kind-hearted person’

Scores of families have been chased away from Manzou estate to make way for a game park.

FILE: Zimbabwean President and Zanu PF leader Robert Mugabe (L) and his wife Grace greets delegates during the official opening of the 6th People’s Congress of Zanu-PF in Harare on 4 December, 2014. Picture: AFP.

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's ruling party says Grace Mugabe is a kind-hearted person and has nothing to do with the evictions at a farm near her orphanage in central Zimbabwe.

Scores of families have been chased away from Manzou estate to make way for a game park but Zanu-PF says this has nothing to do with the First Lady.

Grace Mugabe is not in Zimbabwe at the moment, though she and her husband, President Robert Mugabe are expected back in the country sometime this week.

But the ruling party has issued a statement strongly denying claims the First Lady has anything to do with evictions at Manzou Farm in Mazowe.

Press reports say police have continued to evict and burn down houses there this weekend.

Zanu-PF's information and publicity department says the claims are baseless while officials say Manzou Estate is merely being taken back to its status as a game park and a national heritage site.