The war veteran, Simpson Manjonjori has occupied spring field farm in Chizengo area and is already harvesting timber from the farm.
“Allied Timbers are saying this is part of their Estate but the truth of the matter is that the place was owned by a white man who has since left the place. I was given this land by the president for my role which I played in bombing Rhodesian petrol tanks near Rugare in 1978. I have got a letter to prove what I am saying,” Manjonjori told Radio VOP.
Manjonjori alleged that he was evicted from the property by Joseph Kanyekanye, Allied Timbers chief executive officer, last year but he has returned to the farm.
“Kanyekanye came here last year with his workers and demolished my houses and loaded my property in the company’s truck and dumped me to my rural area. Now I am back at my land and this time around if he comes again I will fight to the end,” said Manjonjori.
He accused Kanyekanye of having personal interests in the farm.
“Kanyekanye has already allocated a local headman a portion of the land. Where does he get authority to allocate land? In my case I have a confirmation letter from the President but the district land committee is still processing my offer letter. I am already busy harvesting timber,” he said.
When reached for comment on his mobile phone, Kanyekanye initially ignored calls but later told this reporter to text all questions to him on his mobile phone. However he never responded to the questions.