Bellarmine Chatunga defended his mother the former first lady Grace Mugabe in a social media war with outspoken Norton legislator, Temba Mliswa who has been making demands for President Emmerson Mnangagwa to seize farms which are still in the hands of the late Former President, Robert Mugabe’s widow.
Chatunga, son to the once-feared leader, was quick to call the outspoken MP to order, pointing to Mliswa’s own transgressions during the height of the country’s violent farm grab period.
Mliswa tweeted it was unfair for the current Zanu-PF led administration to seize Robert Zhuwao’s only farm while allowing Grace to keep possession of 15 of them.
“Grace Mugabe is still seating on 15 farms but why is the government going after a sick man, Robert Zhuwao who owns one farm. Government policy is one man one farm, so why are they avoiding Grace? What are we scared of instead of just implementing the policy?” said Mliswa.
In response, Chatunga accused Mliswa of stealing properties from a cancer-fighting British investor Paul Westwood, who has made claims that his companies were “illegally” grabbed by Mliswa in 2009. Westwood approached the courts seeking US$1.4 million in compensation.
Chatunga replied, “Wakadzosera zvinhu zvaPaul Westwood here iwe (Did you return Paul Westwood properties)?” The alleged seizure of Westwood companies that included Noshio Motors and Benbar occurred at a time Mliswa was still a member of the ruling Zanu-PF party and its provincial chairperson for Mashonaland West.
But Mliswa, who has several times brought the Mugabe farms issue to parliament, warned Chatunga his family’s survival was now based on Mnangagwa’s generosity.
He asked the late leader’s son if the family has ever thought of returning wealth it allegedly plundered from the country during Mugabe’s rule.
“Nhai Gushungo makadzoserawo here zvamakabira nyika namai venyu whilst using former President’s name? We know about it and you are only surviving on the generosity of @edmnangagwa.
Musadhakwe necocaine kusvika ipapo,” Mliswa told Chatunga. Mugabe’s two sons have been on different news platforms with claims of taking drugs and splashing money on women.