Former first lady Grace Mugabe’s Mazowe Orphanage has been raided by thieves who fled with 3 laptops.

Grace blamed the break-in on the panners who have taken over the citrus farm that houses the orphanage.

“At night, the panners come here (Mazowe business centre) and 31 laptops were stolen at the orphanage warehouse,” Grace told The Standard.

“They come here at night and we keep many children here. We are afraid they may be sexually abused, including the mothers who look after the children.

“We have 100 children here and 48 are girls. We have children from Equatorial Guinea who are of secondary school-going age.

“You saw the hostile behaviour of the panners, they are capable of doing anything.”

Grace reported the farm invasion at Mazowe Police Station. Mugabe had to travel to the orphanage on Thursday night to assess the damage at the farm.

“This place used to be guarded and the panners only came in after the removal of security by the state,” a family member said.

The remaining police officer who was providing security at the orphanage was reportedly withdrawn last Thursday.