War vets disown farm invaders

Jabulani Sibanda
BULAWAYO - Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA) chairman, Jabulani Sibanda says war veterans who are still invading commercial farms are selfish and lazy.

War veterans and Zanu (PF) members who are involved in farms invasions
now are just selfish, lazy and they need discipline. Why are they
grabbing farms now? You see they waited for harvest time so that they
can grab the white farmers' crops and tarnish our image, said Sibanda.

He said he had already dispatched a team from his organization to all
provinces to see whether members of ZNLWVA were involved in any
unsanctioned farm invasions so that they could be disciplined. Any
members found guilty would be expelled.

The war veterans' leader dismisses reports that his deputy, Joseph Chinotimba, was leading farm new invasions.

At his birthday bash in February, President Robert Mugabe encouraged war veterans to invade more farms.

Meanwhile his close ally, minister of state Dydimus Mutasa, has been
named as a chief perpetrator in the recent farm invasions – regardless
of warnings by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai.

According to the Commercial Farmers Union, Mutasa, former Lands and
Land Resettlement minister, allegedly heads an active group known as
the Land Inspectorate Commission, together with Zanu (PF) Mashonaland
West secretary for lands, Temba Mliswa.

It would appear that this is to make way for immediate occupation by
persons in favour of Zanu (PF) and many of these new beneficiaries are
alleged to have been involved in the recent political violence, says
the CFU report.

The CFU also revealed that in February, the Attorney General Johannes
Tomana and Mutasa held workshops around the country and instructed
magistrates, prosecutors, police and land officials to fast-track
prosecution of remaining farmers. – Zim Eye

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