Police Thump War Veterans

Self-styled war veteran Francis Zimuto popularly known as Black Jesus had earlier last week influenced fellow comrades to look for all unproductive farms in Masvingo and occupy them.

Popular bus operator and prominent business man Tanda Tavaruva of the Mhunga Bus Services whose farm is situated about 60 kilometers east of Masvingo city became the first victim.

Other farm owners around Chidza area who included another popular business man Mr Ganyani also fell victim of the marauding war veterans.

They tried to talk to the war veterans but they refused to leave the farms arguing that most Black people who own commercial farms are being used as façade men by White Commercial farmers.

However, the war veterans’ joy of acquiring yet some pieces of land did not live long as the police deployed armed riot police to beat them up.

By Saturday afternoon, all war veterans were finally driven out of farms.

Masvingo War Veterans chairman Isaiah Muzenda distanced himself from the dubious invasions saying the police did a ‘very good job’ by beating errant war veterans.

“Those guys are greedy and too ambitious. We thank the police for their timely intervention. Our name as war veterans is being put in disrepute by some greedy elements among us. I was personally against that idea and we are relived that at least they were finally driven out,” said Muzenda.

Masvingo provincial spokesperson Inspector Tinaye Matake confirmed the incident but refused to go into details.

“There was a misunderstanding between some farmers and war veterans, we have intervened and everything is now in order,” said Matake.

Black Jesus who was in the fore front of several farm invasions in Masvingo since 2000 could not be reached for comment.