Farmer axed in new wave of farm invasions

AN indigenous farmer is reportedly battling for life at Masvingo General Hospital after he was struck with an axe on the head by suspected war veterans at the weekend in a new wave of farm invasions targeting black farm owners.

TATENDA CHITAGU

A second farmer’s car and house were torched in skirmishes that have left the Masvingo farming community shell shocked.

Mufaro Mukaro was initially admitted at Ndanga District Hospital on Sunday, but was later transferred to Masvingo General Hospital yesterday as his condition deteriorated.

He was reportedly rushed to the hospital with the axe still stuck in his head.

So critical is Mukaro’s condition that even his relatives are not being allowed to visit him except his wife.

Masvingo provincial police spokesperson Inspector Charity Mazula could not be reached for comment as her phone went unanswered. Sources said the 10 war veterans linked to the violent acts were arrested.

The case was reported under police case number RRB 2098509.

Tsaurai Lawrence Stemere (76), who owns Sundowns Farm, said he survived the brutal attack on Saturday, but his Nissan Twin Cab vehicle was reduced to a shell and his house was set ablaze by
the marauding war veterans.

Stemere lost property worth thousands of dollars, including his clothing and was only left with what he was wearing.

“I am lucky to be alive. We sped off after they barricaded the road with tree branches and started pelting us with stones,” he said.

“They then hit Mukaro with an axe in the head after smashing his car while he was inside.

“They were so heartless. Mukaro was then rushed to Ndanga Hospital and I went home.

“I found my farmhouse torched and my car reduced to ashes,” the visibly shaken Stemere told our sister paper Southern Eye yesterday.

Stemere said he bought the farm in 1995 before the government’s land reform programme and estimated that he lost property valued  at $70 000 in the inferno.

Masvingo North MP Davis Marapira, who is also Agriculture deputy minister, confirmed the disturbances and said it was against government policy to invade black-owned farms.

“That is very illegal to occupy black-owned farms. It is against the laws of the country,” he said.

“The invaders are taking the law into their own hands.
“Right now they left a farmer critically injured and another without his property.

“We do not encourage that.”

The ex-fighters allegedly accused the black owners of underutilising their land.

Late last year, anti-riot police evicted around 300 land invaders from the same farms and torched their shacks.

War veteran Ruben Chikono has since been dragged to the Masvingo Magistrates’ Court charged with inciting the former combatants to invade the farms. His case is still pending.

Some of the farms that have been invaded include Nidspruit, Potyo Farm, Thankerton Farm, Chigumedhe, Mudzikisi, Chipare, Pakai and Mukuta.

Similar cases have been reported in Goromonzi, just outside Harare.

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21 Comments

  1. Mukara’s father was a businessman who bought the particular farm in the 80s if not earlier. This lawlessness must be brought to an end. Recently a white farmer and his daughter were killed after the daughter was raped. How can one seriously make say a 5 year farming plan in an environment such as this? When will this madness end?

  2. Fosholo Kapwepwe

    Fight violence with violence, simple. Every death relating to land is squarely Robert’s responsibility. He has allowed his simpletons to take law into their hands and now he cannot control them. Hit back let there be chaos and we will see who will eloping the country running for their dear life. Enough is enough.

  3. At first it was the white farmers because by virtue of history “they are not Zimbabweans!”. Now the axes have been resharpened and are targeting “black Zimbabweans” because they are not producing anything on the farms. Is there ever going to be an end to this madness? The comment by the deputy minister of agriculture sounds weak and is unhelpful. It insinuates that this behaviour would have been acceptable if the victim was white! By the way how old are these so called war veterans? I would think that liberation veterans would be in their late 40s and one would expect a semblance of maturity in their problem solving unless they are off their rockers!

    1. Imagine a WHOLE Dep Min making such a crude remark! Which farms are up for invasion & for whose benefit? Nothing more except excuses to plunder& loot, with no plans whatsoever afterwards except cultivating natural grass & shrubs! We shoil

  4. WILLARD MUBVUMBI

    This time its black against black. Lets wait and see. This is the reason why, Israel is fighting PLO. Israel is killing multitude of Arabs and if you dig deeper you find out that the main reason is land. In future mark my words its going to worse becoz the next generation will invade the black ‘owned’ farms similar to what the war vets did on white ‘owned’ farms.

  5. WILLARD MUBVUMBI

    In future mark my words its gonna be worse because the next generation will invade the black owned farms. Black against black.

  6. Takaresva kuvhota. Mati pane zvawangagone iwawa, they cant even deal with kombis dzisina pfuti kana demo, ko panedemo?
    Expect nothing from this government. I have lost faith in them

  7. Im not a farm owner or a beneficiary of the land reform but to tell the truth, these so called war vets are getting into my nerves….why are they the only ones allowed to beat up pple and get away with it..? Seems they are almost a national security threat coz they keep provoking pple and God knows wht wld happen of pple were going to retaliate..who said that they are the only ones that know how to fight? We have to delete the name war vet from vocabulary now!

  8. These are the same people who claim to have liberated us. Shame. Is being a war vet a licence to maim and destroy?

  9. mmmmm! MaOne chaiwo

  10. Dont say I did not warn you. More violence is coming as people will told to get land in their district of origin.

  11. What goes around comes around. How many times dd you/we ignore the cries of the previous farmer and we said coz he was white then its ok to kill him, now MURIPI? Zanu is a mafia party and those who benefited and are still benefiting from zanu are stupit and I wont waste my sympathy on them. Feel it

  12. Hondo yeminda haisati yapera. Will go for those who are not utilising the land and the multiple farm owners. Aluta continua.

  13. Dont be fooled. These are hooligans. To hav been in the war, one wuld hav been about 20yrs in 1980. Add 34yrs & u get 54yrs. Lets hear how old the so called war vets ar

  14. the psychoanalyst

    now look….
    unless i am very much mistaken, that famed revolutionary spirit driven clarion ideology “we will fight and rebuild zimbabwe” is under siege by the crummiest shoddiest ancient bare knuckle scuffle means of njanja gwatakwata sadza ‘n salt mixed solutions theatrically circle spread out this week from public streetkidding staff fighting all the way around to stench drenched bench highly experienced in field mousetrapping while havin fun assaulting specialty area women of augur, now this….it begs the question:

    can rebuilding be successfully done of a country that God built?

  15. Progressive Zimbabwean

    We have to introduce equity in land distribution. This will avoid future wars for the very same land we took from white people. I observe we have a lot of people who did not have the opportunity to own land and they are fully aware that those that benefited never paid a cent for it. Now 10 years down the line we are going to have our youth fighting for space on these farms owned by blacks. The solution is to make sure that those that have multiple farms release them to the state for distribution. It may not be documented but the truth is that ordinary people are aware that there are black people on farms who got these by virtue of their connections high up there. They are also aware that powerful politicians own multiple farms and that some of the farms are in the names of sons and daughters of these politicians yet there are some families where none of thier members got farms. This on its own is a recipe for disaster. Some may laugh off this matter but let me assure you that historically wars have been fought over “living space” or land and this country is not immune from such a possibility. I am therefore advising the powers that be to work towards equitable distribution of land. It is never too late.

  16. Sad story, Im glad the perpetrators were arrested. Va Gwanetsa must restore sanity.

  17. thats my biological father the culprit is chikono he is the one who started those invasions

  18. Let,s not blame zanu pf for this as the people are not war veterans but rogues marauding as ones who the police should put them at Hwa hwa for life without going to court

  19. MUTASAWAKAROKA

    OF COURSE THE GOVERNMENT IS TO BLAME FOR LEGALIZING THIS CORRUPTION, THE CORRUPTION OF ONE PERSON “OWNING” LAND THE SIZE OF BELGIUM WHILST THE REST HAVE NOWHERE TO LIVE. ENDA KWEDU KWACHIVI AND SEE HOW WE ARE OVERCOWDED YET ACROSS THE ROAD IS SAID TO BE SOMEBODY’S FARM. WE ALL FOUGHT THIS WAR AND AS PER ORIGINAL ZANU-PF IDEALOGY LAND SHOULD BE REDISRIBUTED EQUITABLY, OTHERWISE KILLINGS WILL NEVER END. REMEMBER WE WERE NOT FIGHTING THE WHITES, BUT THE SYSTEM. THE SYSTEM OF SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE SEEING HIMSELF AS SUPERIOR TO ALL OTHERS, THATS TYPICAL ANGLO-SAXON MENTALITY. GOVERNMENT SHOULD BAN ISSUANCE OF LARGE-SCALE FARM LICENCES AND GIVE EVERYBODY A1 PLOTS FIRST. ANY EXTRAS CAN THEN BE GIVEN TO THOSE WILLING AND ABLE TO CARRY OUT LARGE-SCALE FARMING. NO TO LARGE-SCALE FIRST AND MAFUFU TO POVHO, NO!!!!! NO!!!! NO.

  20. Ugly. I know how Potyo was stressed to his death labouring to pay off that farm in the 80s.

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