Confirmed:The Mugabes behind eviction of villagers
Story from: CAJ News Africa
From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – THE arrest of a married couple and subsequent appearance in court has confirmed speculation Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and First Lady Grace are behind the eviction of scores of villagers from land north of the country.
Anold Farm, commonly known as Manzou in Mazowe, in Mashonaland Central is at the centre of contention.
Since 2014, villagers in Mazowe have endured a torrid time with some unidentified personnel, accompanied by Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) officers and ministry of lands and rural resettlement officials demolishing the inhabitants’ homesteads.
Media and human rights groups had for years relied on speculation in linking up the first lady as having interests in occupying the farm.
However, it is the recent arrest and prosecution of two villagers Tapiwa Dhaisi and Sinikiwe Mazivei, which has given away the Mugabe’s interests in the farm, which for long had been shrouded in secrecy.
According to court papers, which the state is relying on to prosecute Dhaisi (39) and Mazivei (32) at Bindura Magistrates Court, the pair “illegally entered into Anold Farm on 07 April 2017, which is owned by the First Family and refused to leave the land without lawful excuse when called upon to do so by the lawful occupier.”
The married couple is also charged with assaulting or resisting a “peace officer.”
Prosecutors claimed the duo, referred to as illegal settlers, assaulted and resisted arrest by Assistant Inspector James Teta and Constable Tongovona.
It is however Dhaisi and Mazivei who were left hospitalised after police severely assaulted upon arrest for allegedly refusing to vacate the farm.
The villagers have been evicted despite the High Court in March, barring the eviction.
The Mugabes, who are notorious for defying courts, have vast business interests under the Gushungo Holdings. Gushungo is Mugabe’s totem.
It is reported Manzou farm will be turned into a wildlife project.
– CAJ News
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