35 evicted in new wave of farm invasions

HARARE - At least 35 white farmers have been evicted from their properties in a fresh wave of farm invasions that highlights continuing instability in Zimbabwe despite a power-sharing deal signed two weeks ago.

The Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) reported at the weekend a fresh outbreak of chaos on farms and forced evictions of white owners in the two weeks since the signing of the September 15 power-sharing deal.

The CFU said state security agents and war veterans have led new farm invasions taking place in almost all of the country’s eight provinces.

“Things have progressively got worse. There are lots of new invasions. Houses are being broken into by new settlers. The worst affected areas are (the provinces of) Manicaland, Masvingo and Mashonaland East, West and Central,” said CFU President Trevor Gifford.

He said the CFU had reported some of the new farm invasions to the police who he said had refused to act or arrest invaders. A white farmer, who did not want to be named for fear of victmisation, said:

“There is a lot of military personnel on the farms. It is the normal jambanja. Farm workers are being beaten. The police are saying because it is a land issue they don’t want to do anything about it.”

Police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena was not immediately available for comment on the matter. The police, some of who have been allocated by the government farms seized from whites, have in the past refused to arrest farm invaders saying the issue was political and required to be handled by politicians. – ZimOnline

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