Informed sources told Radio VOP that several families were evicted by armed police from their farming plots which they were allocated under the chaotic land reform programme. The new farmers and their families were evicted from Arnold farm and Mbuya Nehanda farm in Manzou area in Mazowe, about 20 kilometres outside Harare.
Police armed with truncheons and dogs evicted the new farmers and dumped them in Concession in the same province to allow President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace and their family to set up a game park and a cattle breeding project at the two farms.
However, the new farmers are reportedly resisting the evictions and some of them indicated that they were not willing to relocate to Concession because of the poor soils at the farm where they are being moved to. The families have also protested at the timing of the evictions which come at a time when their crops are reaching ripening stage.
This is not the first time that the Mugabe’s have been accused of evicting new farmers from their plots. In 2009, some families were ordered to vacate a farm in the rich Mazowe farming area to make way for the expansion of the first family’s orphanage.
The Mugabe’s have been linked to several farms in the country that were grabbed from white commercial farmers during the chaotic land reform programme. In 2008, High Court Judge Justice Ben Hlatshwayo lost a farm to the Mugabe’s whose firm Gushungo Holdings seized a farm which had been occupied by the former university lecturer.Post published in: News