The farm was grabbed from its white commercial owner 10 years ago.The farmers who are being accused of being sell outs said they were threatened with eviction from the resettlement area.
The marauding youths were being led by individuals identified as Abel Mudzengi, John Musvavi and an accomplice only known as Samaz.
“We did not attend the rally because we were given a short notice and we had other plans for the day but thugs later invaded our homesteads and started assaulting us for being sell-outs,” said one of the farmers.
He said they were being labeled Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) supporters and therefore the ward chairman Abel Mudzengi told them not to prepare for the coming farming season because their fate was to be decided by party elders.
However, Mudzengi who is also a war veteran refused to comment but warned that ‘those who rush to the media are shooting themselves in the feet’.
“Why should I tell you what is happening in our area? Whoever is telling you this story is adding paraffin on the burning fire,” said Mudzengi.
The tortured farmers said they were afraid to seek medical treatment at Masvingo General Hospital as it might provoke the perpetrators.
“We are just trying to help each other while at home. We are afraid that if we report them to the police or go to hospital, they might become more dangerous and evict us over night or burn down our houses,” said one of the victims.
Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Tinaye Matake said the police will only act after getting a report from the farmers.
However, Zanu (PF) provincial chairman Lovemore Matuke said he needed to talk to Mudzengi before giving a comment.