Coffee project destroyed: workers

Former workers at the Valley Coffee Plantation farm currently occupied by Zanu (PF) Central Committee member, Irene Zindi, have accused the war veteran of destroying one of the most successful and promising coffee projects in the country.

A coffee plantation in the Eastern Highlands before the industry collapsed due to the infamous land grab.
A coffee plantation in the Eastern Highlands before the industry collapsed due to the infamous land grab.

The controversial politician took over the farm from Guild Lindsay at the height of the infamous land grab in 2003. Since then, she has failed to maintain the property and the once multi-million project is a shell of what it once was.

Guild was one of the country’s top coffee producers, but is now concentrating on horticulture.

Zindi is reportedly selling the plantation’s infrastructure, including roofing material, window frames, roofs and doors to Mozambican nationals in close proximity to her farm.

“She is a violent woman,” said one former worker who requested anonymity. “The truth is, this woman is doing more harm than good. Guild used to produce and export coffee but it is not like that any more.”

Before invading Valley Coffee Plantation, Zindi ransacked two other farms in Mashonaland, one of which was John Larry`s Howiskvail farm. Sources say she has now set her sights on another lucrative farm in Mutasa district.

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