The move has led to a clash between the Masvingo Rural District Council Chief Executive Officer, Clemency Makwarimba-also a Zanu (PF) central committee member-and the war veterans, who have been used as cannon fodder by the revolutionary party to violently canvas for support for aging party leader, President Robert Mugabe.
In a telephone interview, Makwarimba said:“We are doing feasibility studies for clinics…the community applied to us and requested to have clinics. We are just enforcing government policy which says that priority should be given to development.”
“We have earmarked three places but we have not yet approached anyone to say that we are taking your farmhouse,” Makwarimba said.
Although the provincial chairman of the war veterans, retired Colonel Josphat Rupuwu could not be reached for a comment, two of the affected war veterans who refused to be named said they were planning to meet the provincial Governor and Resident Minister, Titus Maluleke, to register their displeasure over the matter.
“It is President Mugabe who told us to move into farms and take everything-including the farmhouses. So why then should we be kicked out of these houses? It is defying the cause of the land invasion.”
“So far, the council has already taken Yottum Farm, 60 kilometers east of Masvingo Town along the Masvingo-Mutare highway, and very soon we will be targeted. We are going to see the Governor over the issue,” fumed the war vets.
Yottum farm was the first to be invaded in Masvingo.
But Makwarimba insisted no farmhouse had been taken yet. He also said council had not met any resistance so far.