Caps boss backtracks on farm evictions

MUTORASHANGA — In a rare climbdown, businessman-cum-farmer Frederick Mtanda, who at the weekend evicted five families from his Winray Farm in Mutorashanga, Mashonaland West, for their “political activism”, has given in to political pressure and allowed the evictees back to their houses at the farm compound.

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Mtanda, who is chairman of struggling Caps Holdings, told NewsDay that politicians from both Zanu PF and MDC-T had engaged him to resolve the dispute pitting him and his former employees in an amicable manner.

“The matter has been temporarily settled after politicians from both Zanu PF and MDC-T approached me and asked me to let these families back to the farm compound,” he said. “I understood their point that the evictions would not paint a good picture of the political situation in the country in light of the impending elections set for July 31. Already a Sadc observer team is in the country and the evictions were not in the best of our interests.”

Mtanda on Sunday ejected families of aspiring MDC-T Ward 14 councillor Sabastine Mawara, Zvimba North district chairman Chrispen Zwalipenga, ward chairman Osron Tavengwa, district elections director Eliah Sawa and another unidentified official. The families went on to spend two nights in the open.

Mtanda said the evictions were spawned by Zanu PF elements who accused him of harbouring opposition activists at his farm and plotting Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo’s electoral defeat in the Zvimba North parliamentary race in which he is contesting against his estranged wife Marian and MDC-T’s Abigail Sauti.

Mtanda said the same alleged MDC-T activists, whom he fired from work in 2010, sought protection from Chombo when he was on the verge of evicting them for being “ringleaders” of a crippling strike at the farm three years ago.

9 Responses to Caps boss backtracks on farm evictions

  1. Hondo July 25, 2013 at 5:38 am #

    Mtanda uri imbwa yemunhu

  2. jongwe mupoto July 25, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    Mutanda aona winds o change lol kana ukawadzinga Zanu iri. Kudyiwa chete JONGWE MUPUTO ASIJIK

  3. samanyanga July 25, 2013 at 8:03 am #

    Stupid Mtandwa, iwe farm racho wakaritenga nemarii? handiti wakangopinda mahara, avo wawave kudzinga varungu here? MDC, ZANU we are all Zimbabweans saka siyana nezvewavekuita izvozvo. Mangwana uchachema.

  4. Chipolopolo July 25, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    The farm belongs to Zimbabweans and it was given to you for free. I guess you have not erected any new structures there. Even the workers quarters were built by the whiteman. No wonder your company is struggling because you are not a wise guy. You have shamed your political masters by this action and created an international scandal. Do you want this country to be a one party state? This will come to haunt you in future because this matter is not yet over. Pray that your masters win by whatever method. Your actions are worse than the whiteman. Shame on you man!

  5. liki wiki July 25, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    farm iroro handina kuripwha sezvamuri kutaura ndakaritenga nemari yandakashanda pacaps

  6. caps employee July 25, 2013 at 8:56 am #

    wakaritenga nemari yawakaba kuCaps,wapidza muri dzakawanda munzara ku CAPS

  7. Llodza July 25, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    Shame on you. When the poor families were working for you, why did you not say you want Zanu PF labour only?
    Rega Zanu ikutorere company hauzive zvauri.

  8. Mtanda Benzi July 25, 2013 at 10:28 am #

    iwe Mtanda.or danda or whatever you call yourself! in politics “you keep your friends close and your enemies closer!” wake up mhani! vanhu vakaita boycott mishonga ye CAPS Holdings,chinovhara chi company ichocho! stay out of politics if you are not a politician!!!

  9. tkz July 25, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    mtanda you do not deserve that farm and that company because you have shown your gross incompetence of managing both. you don’t have a human heart yours is a stone nowonder the decisions you make. never forget that the wheels of life grind ever so slowly. when the tables tilt, pray they will tilt your way

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