Return seized property: Ex-Zipra members

BULAWAYO — Ex-Zipra members have resolved to continue piling pressure on the government to return immovable properties that were seized at the height of the armed dissident crackdown in the 1980s.

SILAS NKALA

The ex-fighters also claim they lost over 4 000 cattle during the period.

Zipra Veterans’ Trust chairperson Buster Willy Magwizi yesterday said members of the trust would meet in Bulawayo on Saturday to craft new strategies on how to reclaim their properties.

Magwizi said since Zanu PF had now regained full control of government, the party could no longer blame anyone for any further delays.

“At independence in 1980, all the Zipra ex-combatants contributed Z$50 each towards the purchase of properties which were registered under Nitram Investment Holdings,” Magwizi said.

“Some of those properties include Castle Arms Motel in Bulawayo, Nest Egg building in Bulawayo, Ascot Farm in Solusi, Wood Glen Farm in Nyamandlovu and Hawton Farm in Gweru at which
former (Midlands) governor Cephas Msipa reportedly resettled people from Sogwala,” Magwizi said.

He said ex-Zipra veterans would hold an annual general meeting at Castle Arms Motel in Bulawayo on Saturday to discuss strategies on how to pressurise the Zanu PF government to return their properties.
“We are inviting all ex-Zipra members from across the country and abroad to attend.

“After Zanu PF resoundingly won the election, we have a chance to push it to return our properties with their title deeds.

“We purchased these properties for the purposes of helping all ex-Zipra veterans and their families, but all those efforts
were thwarted when the properties were taken.”

Magwizi said Zipra also lost some properties in Harare which included Nijo Farm, Salisbury Motel and several others.

“When our farms were taken, we lost 4 000 cattle which were there and if we had had these cattle for the past 30 years, they would have been close to 200 000 now and our members would not be suffering as they are now.

“Most of these cattle were taken from Ascot Farm. They also took our tractors, chickens and pigs,” Magwizi said.

“The livelihoods of the ex-combatants would have improved if the properties had remained in their hands. But it’s sad that some undeserving people are benefiting from those properties,” he said.

Last year ex-Zipra combatants appealed to President Robert Mugabe and former Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai to facilitate the return of their properties, but to no avail.

Magwizi said they suspected some of the properties had already been sold privately.

“We are again appealing to Mugabe to intervene and guarantee the return of our properties. These properties can benefit even our great-grandchildren if returned. We have a complete list of these properties and even the people who took them,” he said.

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33 Comments

  1. manga makanyarara 33 yrs munofunga pane chichaitika here.good luck.

  2. Hanzi mu paraamende varikutaura nezve “corruption” – saka zvirikutaurwa apa haisi corruption here kutorera vanhu zvinhu zvavo including over 4000 mombe?

  3. Gukurahundi upbringing

    Yes, the gukurahundi thieves in Harare should return the stolen property. The culture of grabbing poperty without working for it started in the early 1980s, with the grabbing of ZIPRA properties.

    Some people thought this ZANU PF treatment of opponents will be reserved for ZIPRA/PF ZAPU, Mthwakazi and Midlands provinces.

    So they celebrated and never thought one day they would be on the receiving end of the same treatment.

    Yaah, good, what goes around comes around.

    Today all the farms were taken. Even those blacks who thought their farms would not be touched, they have had them grabbed away from them for opposing the gukurahundis.

    You deserve it as this will teach you a lesson – never laugh at another man’s misfortune for tomorrow, it might be you!!!

    1. HAUNA NYANYA GUKURAHUNDI UPBRINGING,

  4. Could you please kindly enlighten me. Why were these properties taken in the first place? What had happened??

    1. Gukurahundi upbringing

      @Skool Liver

      The properties were taken as part of gukurahundi ZANU PF’s strategy of destroying PF ZAPU, the then opposition party.

      ZANU PF/Mugabe wanted to make Zimbabwe a one party state under ZANU PF, and PF ZAPU stood in the way.

      This started in the army as part of a plan to frustrate these ZIPRAs into rebellion, thus creating a good excuse to crush them once and for and lay the ground work for a one party state.

      ZIPRA and PF ZAPU were a well oiled machine, well trained with huge financial resources and ZANU PF felt threatened, even though they were in power!!

  5. I am a skool liver and not a legal fundi. Does litigation, an appeal or whatever take place tsete-tree years after the act? Where were you guys hibernating? The best person to articulate this in parliament is my mukuwasha Cde Joseph Chinotimba.

    1. Gukurahundi upbringing

      @Skool Liver

      Actually, the question “Where were you guys hibernating?” more appropriately applies to YOU than to THEM.

      This is because these guys have raised this issue of their properties several times in the past years, to no avail. That you dont know about this simply boddles them mind. Or should we simply attribute the ignorance to “being born yesterday”?????

      1. @Gukurahundi upbringing

        Boggles the mind indeed Phunyu! Batshele mfowethu! This matter has been in the public domain for a long time and, indeed, it boggles the mind to read comments that suggest that the issue has just arisen. Perhaps, like you rightly say, the ignorance is due to having been ‘been born yesterday’.

  6. MDC yavhura mazizo ema Ex Zipra forces. I remember the late ZPF cde E Zvobgo telling Border Gezi that ZANU itamba wakachenjera. Ex Zipra forces be careful on what you are asking for. ZPF is under pressure to deliver to their promises before elections.

  7. Thats the problem with our elders, when born frees seek information, the former have a propensity to throw tantrums. I am still to get a corrible response as to why the properties were seized and why over three decades down the line the matter is still pending. Precipitating antagonism won’t win you sympathy and tends to complicate issues. My ignorance could be blissful in this matter because I don’t stand to be prejudiced! Having been born in 1995, I might as well delve into Google where I will not be put to task for seeking information!

  8. Thats the problem with our elders, when born frees seek information, the former have a propensity to throw tantrums. I am still to get a corrigible response as to why the properties were seized and why over three decades down the line the matter is still pending. Precipitating antagonism won’t win you sympathy and tends to complicate issues. My ignorance could be blissful in this matter because I don’t stand to be prejudiced! Having been born in 1995, I might as well delve into Google where I will not be put to task for seeking information!

  9. chokupamba hacirove. mabhunu akapamba nyika muna 1890 asi after 100yrs takazoitora.saka izvi zvakapambwa just three decades ago we will get back most of it very soon . meet you at the Castle Arms guys.

  10. Malume naVaMusona, missed you guys, where have you been? I saw a beast run over by the roadside. I had strange fears over this roadkill!

  11. l thought ZANU and ZAPU merged during the so called unity accord.

    1. Politically YES but not businesswise that was a private undertaking and it involved people who refused to join ZanuPF when the parties merged. Kazibuye kobanini sidubeka abazali bona babesilungiselele.

  12. I understand the issue was discussed and put to rest as part of the negotiations that gave birth to the 1987 unity accord. I wonder why some misguided dissidents still want to make a claim of what was settled by their leaders.They want to deny that these properties were used to hide arms of war intended to put the country into civil unrest.

    1. Gukurahundi upbringing

      @e muzira
      “I understand the issue was discussed and put to rest………………..”

      Yes, you do indeed understand this from the gukurahundis (the wrong people), not from the genuine, unadultrated PF ZAPU people.

      Get it from me, one of the few authentic PF ZAPU people, who does occasionally speak on the authentic position of PF ZAPU on these issues is Dumiso Dabengwa.

      He has never agreed on ZANU PF’s various claimed positions about the gukurahundi unity Accord of 1987.

      THIS THE PERSON YOU SHOULD BE LISTENING TO, NOT THE GUKURAHUNDIS!!

  13. I see where everything went wrong. Joshua Nkomo knew that these guys were murders and was so afraid of the. He agreed to join them instead of just giving power to another person who was better than him. The old man was coward and joined hands with thieves. Tsvangirayi is far much better that Nkomo.

  14. I see where everything went wrong. Joshua Nkomo knew that these guys were murders and was so afraid of the. He agreed to join them instead of just giving power to another person who was better than him. The old man was coward and joined hands with thieves. Tsvangirayi is far much better that Nkomo.
    Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that! You lie, where did I say that

  15. The arms of war were buried in Zipra properties by Rhodesian CIO with help from ex ZANLAs from Dzapasi AP as a ploy to crush Zapu and its military wing or as an excuse to carry out ethnic genocide.

  16. Genius Zimbabweans arguing so intelligently but apa zvaKesari kuna Kesari .who is running the properties right now. Former Zpra cadres were sacrificed

  17. this is typical theory of oppressor where evil is justified by blaming the oppressed as a way of silencing the oppressed. Yesteryear it was ZAPU PF, today its MDC, tomorrow its you and me. This has deprived of our dignity as the oppressor believes its superior to others and its views and opinions are acceptable even when they tread on others’ rights. Wake up Zimbabweans.

  18. Gukurahundi upbringing

    As they say, the GUILTY are always afraid. But what exactly is gukurahundi ZANU PF afraid of?

    Surely, where on earth have we ever seen the ACCUSED (ZAPU/ZIPRA/Mthwakazi) being the one who keeps raising the issue and wants it reopened, with the ACCUSER (gukurahundi ZANU PF/Supporters) refusing to reopen it, but wants it buried and forgotten?

    Clearly, this means the ACCUSER had a fake case against the ACCUSED.

    If the ACCUSER had a genuine case, he would not be afraid to lay the case bare for everyone to see, so that the matter is be settled once and for all!!

  19. @ Skuru Rivha, whats the meaning of corrigible?

  20. Malume@Guks, are you referring to the Ndumiso Tavengwa, the one who said, ” terrible things were done by both sides,” and no one has bothered to take him to task to explain. Your explanation to Skool Liver on why the properties were taken has convinced me that “kawula “formation Malume!”
    You are misinforming the public. A one party state was not possible then because of the 20 reserved white seat and the constitutional provisions that made it impossible to change the constitution.
    As for Zipra being better trained well its partially true but subjective. A pilot is useless when it comes to driving a bus. Zipra trained for a conventional war, infantry, armored and airforce. Zanla focused solely on guerrilla warfare. We can’t debate which was more effective. The results spoke for themself.

    1. Gukurahundi upbringing

      @farai

      Stop your gukurahundi colonialist mentality, the man is Dumiso Dabengwa, not your wishful Ndumiso Tavengwa!!!

      All the evidence points to the fact that the so-called “dissidents” were created by gukurahundi ZANU PF, otherwise how did Mugabe know there would be dissidents in future, when he readily prepared for them by signing a gukurahundi fifth brigade training agreement with the North Koreans IMMEDIATELY after winning elections and forming a government in 1980, long before dissident activities started?

      The Entumbane disturbances for instances, took place immediately after the ZIPRA provocation by Enos Nkala.

      It was gukurahundi ZANU PF’s plan to get these ZIPRAS to rebel – its clear. If ZANU PF is confident of its story, we have challenged them to come clean and lay this to rest.

      What are they afraid of?

      How many dissidents did they kill compared to the number of the innocent villagers who died?

      How can you use a sledgehammer to kill an ant? Obviously this means your intentions are suspect!!

  21. The properties must be returned, the farms equipped and restocked. It’s the right thing to do in the spirit of unity and reconciliation. But who will compensate government for the property it lost to this insurgency?

    1. Gukurahundi upbringing

      The so-called “insurgency” was created by gukurahundi ZANU PF – so what compensation are you talking about?

      If gukurahundi ZANU PF believe their case against PF ZAPU was valid, why are they the ones who have always been more keen in hiding and burying the matter, more than PF ZAPU?

  22. Please ZIPRA cadres reorganise yourselves and approach those who seized your properties. Approaching MT during his tenure would not have yielded anything as the real culprits are those in power.

  23. Upbringing makes many innuendoes with negative and hostile tribal undertones. He needs to understand that there is more that unites us as Zimbabweans than what seperates us.

    1. Gukurahundi upbringing

      Its only the guilty party that is unwilling to discuss issues – why refuse with Gukurahundi findings by the many Commissions of the past, if you are not the guilty party?

  24. Malume@Guks, two men go for a drink. They agree to drink all the money the have and leave only enough for the fair home. Round after round they imbibe. All the way down to the bus fare, as men are known to do, they then agree to drink the fare and walk home. Guy 1 uses his fare for a round but when it’s the turn for guy 2 to buy a round, he claims he has no more money. A physical search reveals Guy 2 hid his fare mubhutsu. Question is what was the big plan. Does that sound familiar?

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