Farmers spend weekend in custody

Human rights lawyer Trust Maanda, who is representing the farmers told this reporter on Saturday that officials at Criminal Investigations Department (CID) Mutare had not yet finished their “investigations” and were still going through their statute books to find the appropriate charge for the two farmers.

“So the farmers would appear in court on Monday. It now remains to be seen if they will be taken to court on Monday but meanwhile they remain in police holding cells, which are inhumane and degrading,” said Maanda.

The farmers were transferred to Mutare Central Police Station from Chipinge Police Station on Friday. They had earlier been arrested for attempting to serve a High Court order suspending Chipinge Magistrate Samuel Zuze’s ruling ordering their eviction from their farms.

The Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) blames the fragile coalition government formed by President Robert Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his deputy Arthur Mutambara of failing to end the chaos in the farming sector which has significantly slashed agricultural production.