By Sij Ncube
Plumtree, September 26, 2013 – Former co-National Healing and Reconciliation Minister Moses Mzila-Ndlovu’s farm in Matabeleland South is under siege from some Zanu PF activists who have invaded it amid revelations that three quarters of the property has already been parceled out.
The former minster, who is facing charges of robbery and assault allegedly committed on Khami Magazine Farm in in Figtree, said he feared losing the farm to some suspected Zanu PF activists saying scores of people from Matabeleland North have illegally settled on his property.
Mzila-Ndlovu who is the Welshman Ncube-led MDC deputy secretary-general told Radio VOP that several people from Matabeleland North have illegally parceled out a portion of his farm among themselves. He said he suspects that the invaders are Zanu PF activists.
“I am in danger of losing my farm in Figtree any time. Already there are people I suspect to be Zanu PF supporters who have moved in and parceled among themselves about 150 hectares leaving me with about the same space” Mzila-Ndlovu told Radio VOP.
“I am repeatedly told by Kezi officials that that they have no clue as to who authorised or directed them to invade my farm. I have an offer letter from Kezi district council but I am still awaiting one from the lands ministry” said Mzila-Ndlovu.
The Kezi district council yesterday expressed no knowledge about the activities of the invaders who appear to have intensified the farm occupation after President Robert Mugabe’s victory in the July elections.
Recently, about 300 Zanu PF supporters in Masvingo province were evicted from a farm they had occupied while another group was thrown out of a Gokwe farm by armed police, with at least 24 people being charged with trespassing.
The land invaders accused the new farm owners of being fronts for whites and under-utilising their pieces of land.
In Harare, police also descended heavily on suspected Zanu PF land grabbers who had allocated themselves unserviced residential and commercial stands in the city’s high-density suburbs, turning the capital into a shanty town over the past two months since Zanu PF won the harmonized elections.
Once southern Africa’s bread basket, Zimbabwe has seen a decimation of its agricultural sector since President Mugabe’s supporters launched a controversial and chaotic seizure of productive farms in 2000.