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Grace Mugabe’s sister, Gracious Marufu has won exclusive rights to a lucrative gold-laden farm near Beatrice after brushing off a challenge from former Mashonaland East governor and Zanu PF provincial chairman Ray Kaukonde.
Kaukonde and Marufu had been tussling over the farm for years, according to sources. The former governor got backing from the late retired army commander General Solomon Mujuru for possession of the choice property close to Beatrice town, grabbed by the government from a white farmer without compensation at the height of the land reform programme.
The death of Mujuru however spelt doom for Kaukonde, who fled Zimbabwe amid death threats after he was declared an enemy of President Robert Mugabe by Grace.
Gracious Marufu is reported to have started expanding her farm by encroaching onto neighbouring properties seized by other blacks in the area, accusing them of showing loyalty to Gen Mujuru’s widow, Joice Teurai Ropa Mujuru’s Zimbabwe People First party.
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