Judge Agonises Over Seized Farm

Justice Francis Bere revealed his anguish about the seizure of his farm by new farmers, who grabbed land under the Zanu PF backed land grab exercise in an application filed in the high court early this month.

Bere accused two new farmers Basil Mharapara and his wife of sabotaging him through destroying his crops at his Mount Maienji farm located in the rich farming area of Odzi, Manicaland province.

He accused the farmers of leading the seizure of his farm allocated to him in 2008 under the government’s widely condemned and often chaotic land reform programme.

Bere accused the new farmers of committing several misdemeanors including disturbing his farming operations.

“Their animals are causing serious damage to my crops and at one time, I had to plant down a whole hectare of maize which had been destroyed by animals,” Bere said in his founding affidavit seen at the high court by Radio VOP.

According to Bere, the new farmers in November last year ploughed down his tobacco crop and replaced it with their own maize crop while their herd of cattle always wonder “up and down his farm” disrupting operations.

The judge wants the high court to issue an order empowering the deputy sheriff and the officer in charge of Odzi Police Station to evict the new farmers and anyone claiming occupation of his farm.

The new farmers have not yet reacted to Bere’s litigation.
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