Pachedu farm, one of the country’s major coffee growers and foreign currency earner was forcibly taken by a group of war veterans in 2005.
Sources said Gimore Muusha, a well known notorious war veteran in the area was arrested by police this week after the police got a tip from fellow invaders. Police recovered 35 mbanje plants in the coffee bushes and in his pole and dagga house.
“Muusha has been planting mbanje in coffee bushes for a long time and selling the illicit drug to fellow invaders and workers from surrounding timber plantations,” said the source.
Muusha has been fingered several times in political violence against MDC supporters. Initially he had occupied Bennett’s main farm house when the farm was invaded but was evicted by government owned Agricultural Rural Development Agency (ARDA) officers.
Radio VOP failed to get a comment from police as telephone lines were down due to heavy rains.