Cops must evict Zanu (PF) settlers, council insists

zrpBULAWAYO - The City Council has enlisted the services of the police to evict Zanu (PF) supporters who invaded the local authoritys farm last year.

The local authority wants them evicted urgently as they have been poaching in its nearby Tshabalala Game Sanctuary. It also fears land degradation if the party faithful are allowed to remain on the farm.

According to latest council minutes, the local authority is working with Donnington police officials on ways to remove the land hungry settlers to avert wildlife being wiped out.

But the police have not given the council a date as to when they will carry out the eviction.

Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) had been given the eviction order from the courts, however, they were still consulting before they gave council a date to remove the settlers from Emganwini Farm, reads the latest council report.

About 300 Zanu (PF) supporters, led by war veteran Lillian Kandemiri, invaded the council-owned Emganwini farm claiming they had a directive from Didymus Mutasa, the party secretary for administration.

A High Court order directing that the settlers vacate the farm was ignored as the settlers claimed their invasion was part of the controversial land reform programme.

Kandemiri said they would resist any eviction attempts. She has already contacted a construction company to build 400 housing units on the farm. She claims to have received the go ahead from Mutasa for this operation. No comment could be obtained from Mutasa.

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