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Perence Shiri gives ZPRA property to ZANU PF

by Mandla Ndlovu
06 Jul 2020 at 11:46hrs | Views
Minister of Lands, Agriculture, Water, and Rural Resettlement Hon. Air Chief Marshal P. Shiri (Rtd) has instructed ARDA's Acting Chairman J. Makado to transfer Nijo Estate comprising eight (8) properties to ZANU PF.

In a letter dated 26 June, the Minister said:

It is noted that Nijo Estate comprising eight (8) properties as reflected in the attached copy of General Notice 286 of 1983 were handed over to ARDA in October 1984.

Cognisant of the ownership history of this property His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Cde E.D. Mnangagwa has authorized the transfer of the Estate to ZANU (PF) hence this submission to you to inform the Board accordingly.

I will be grateful to receive your response urgently.


The property was once owned by ZPRA the military wing of ZAPU. It is part of the property worth millions of dollars seized by ex-president Robert Mugabe's regime during the Gukurahundi campaign of the 1980s that left an estimated 20 000 people dead in the Midlands and Matabeleland provinces.


Air Marshal Shiri was the Commander of the 5th Brigade that carried out the atrocities.

The government confiscated properties, including buildings and farms, claiming they were being used as infrastructure to help an insurgency by ZAPU dissidents. Also, 4 000 cattle which were on the farms were taken during the seizures.

The properties include Castle Arms Motel, Nest Egg Farm in Bulawayo, Ascot Farm in Solusi, Wood Glen Farm in Nyamandlovu and Hawton Farm in Gweru.

Zipra properties taken in Harare are Nijo Farm and Salisbury Motel. Properties in Bulawayo include a four-storey building, Magnet House, currently being used by the Central Intelligence Organisation, Davies Hall being used as Zanu PF's Bulawayo provincial headquarters, Lundi Hotel, Green Haven  a sprawling entertainment facility along Victoria Falls Road and several houses



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