But Mavhaire declined grabbing the farm Tuesday, saying it had been allocated to his son who shares the same name with him.
“My son was allocated that farm under the land reform but it took him years to occupy because the whites who were there had taken the matter to the courts,” said Mavhaire.
The farm workers, working for Lennar Collins, who owned the Mwenezi farm are now squatting on the side of the Masvingo- Beitbridge road. Collins is believed to have fled to South Africa.
Workers said Mavhaire had also grabbed the farm’s machinery which included tractors, harrows, ploughs, herds of cattle believed to be over 100 and a conservancy with wild life but Mavhaire dismissed the looting allegations.
Workers who spoke to Radio VOP said they had nowhere to go since they had worked at the farm for over 50 years. Most were originally from Zambia and Malawi and were too old to go back.
“We were not allowed to take anything except some few blankets and pots,” said Taurai Ngidi, a former supervisor at the farm.
Recently three white famers,Terry Andres, John Taylor and Grant Hudson lost their Savuli Conservancy to Zanu (PF)’s former Gutu south legislator Shuvai Mahofa.