War vets vow to continue with invasions

War veterans in Masvingo have blamed government for a wave of black-on-black farm violence that started recently, vowing to continue with the land invasions.

Justice Minister Emmerson Munangagwa
Justice Minister Emmerson Munangagwa

The situation remains tense following an attack on Mufaro Mukaro last week by fellow war veterans and villagers following a land dispute. The farm invaders also torched huts and set two vehicles on fire. The former freedom fighters and villagers have moved on to farms they say were grabbed by senior officials linked to Zanu (PF), who are failing to fully utilise the land. A spokesman for the war veterans, who refused to be named for fear of victimisation, said they would continue invading under-utilised properties and those acquired under “unclear circumstances”.

“We have tried our level best to talk to government ministers and

officials over our concern in the manner some of the farms were acquired, “said the spokesman. “We led the farm invasions in this area – only to be told this year that we should move out to pave way for senior government and party officials. “We are saying no to this corruption and we are determined to continue invading more farms as long as the properties are under-utilised and were acquired through the back door.”

War veteran’s leader Jabulani Sibanda has condemned the invasions and urged the fighters to follow laid down procedures to get land. “We do not condone the farm invasions. But everyone who needs land should be given land,” said Sibanda

Several Zanu (PF) big wigs have farms Masvingo east commercial area – including Justice Minister Emmerson Munangagwa, the late national hero and former army commander General Vitalis Zvinavashe, former Speaker of Parliament Nolan Makombe and Zaka Central legislator Paradza Chakona. Lands and Rural Resettlement Minister Douglas Mombeshora has ordered all invaders to move off the farms or risk being moved by the police.

Early this year Mombeshora ordered a land audit in the troubled area, but its contents have never been made public.

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  1. Wilbert Mukori

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