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Ex-First Lady Grace Mugabe, 131 indicted for illegally acquiring land

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Former Zimbabwe First Lady Grace Mugabe and 131 people accused of allegedly dealing illegally in state land and recommended for prosecution.

An audit report into sales of state land in Harare, which was done by a commission of inquiry led by Supreme Court Judge Tendai Uchena, recommended that former President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace should be prosecuted along with many others.

The inquiry investigated the acquisition and sale of state land in the city and other urban areas since 2005.

Prominent figures recommended for investigation include former Local Government Minister Ignatius Chombo and Secretary in the same ministry George Mlilo.

Others are former Minister Nyasha Chikwinya, businessman and President of the Confederation of Southern African Football Associations Philip Chiyangwa and former legislator Shadreck Mashayamombe.

Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) Chairperson Loice Matanda-Moyo said on Thursday that the commission had received a copy of the audit report and that investigations would start soon.

“We hope investigations will start on Monday after we have agreed on the cases that ZACC and the police will be investigating,” she said.

The former First Lady is accused of grabbing stands at a farm north of the city and transferring ownership into names of her relatives without payment.

She said all stands improperly acquired by Mugabe, Chombo and some local government officials at the farm must be recovered.

Edited By: Fatima Sule/Sadiya Hamza

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