50 families evicted from Darwendale farm

AT least 50 families were left homeless after they were evicted from Dowend Farm and dumped by the roadside along the Inkomo Barracks-Darwendale Road on Saturday.

BY NUNURAI JENA

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Fifty families were left homeless after they were evicted from Dowend Farm and dumped along Darwendale Road. Inset: An elderly woman sleeps in a makeshift shack after being evicted from the farm.
Fifty families were left homeless after they were evicted from Dowend Farm and dumped along Darwendale Road. Inset: An elderly woman sleeps in a makeshift shack after being evicted from the farm.

The families claimed they were evicted by a messenger of court, who stormed the farm in the company of riot police officers, accusing them of being illegal settlers on Enerst Chikambi’s property.

When NewsDay visited the farm in the afternoon, the victims, who comprised mostly women and children, were busy erecting shacks in preparation for the night, as they pondered on their next move.

“The police came in the company of a messenger of court only identified as Gatsi and farm owner Chikambi and started burning our houses without allowing us to remove our property. Most of our property and food was destroyed in the fire, leaving us without any food,” the victims’ spokesperson, MacDonald Chipembere said.

Chipembere said what irked them most is that Chikambi joined them in 2005 when they were already on the farm.

“He (Chikambi) claims to be a nephew of President Robert Mugabe and we now don’t doubt his claims considering how he was given the offer letter ahead of us in 2006,” he said.

Another evictee, Rosemary Muchado said: “I don’t know where to go. I was born and married here. My husband died 10 years ago … where do I go?” she asked, battling to contain her emotions.

Contacted for comment, Chikambi said he had given the affected families two years to vacate his farm, but they had ignored him.

“After I obtained an offer letter, I gave these people two years to look for alternative accommodation, but they thought I was joking. I won’t reverse my decision,”he said.

Mashonaland West provincial police spokesperson, Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara said he was unaware of the matter.

20 Comments

  1. Did this Chikambi pay a single dime to purchase the farm? Cruel and sickening!

  2. Independent zimbabwe. Who is the coloniser? Zanu pf dont ever preach about liberation. How can a fellow zimbabwean do this to his own. Irregardless of anything else. How about conscience.. If police can be used on partisan grounds, then who shall stand for these victims. Mugabe you are leading a failed state.There must be a time a leader must reflect on fundamental KRA of his duties and if this kind of things are happening within your jurisdiction, self worthiness must be put to task.

  3. The law must be observed,where did these people come from?They should not just mushroom,we have laws and order must be maintained.At least they were given 2 yrs notice.

    1. More importantly, where did chikambi himself come from? He may like to return to that place just like these other settlers can.

    2. @Mutoriti, you seem not to understand life in Zim. these people might have been farm workers back in the years as one is quoted as saying she was born and married there. Why does ZANU PF want to evict 200 people and give the land to one person at the same time claiming that everybody has the right to that land and shelter?

    3. But you heard some of these people saying they were born on the farm, grew up there and got married there. You probably need an educational lecture on the people residing in present day Zimbabwe

  4. Everyone steals in the name of Mugabe. Hanzi this Chikambi guy claimed to be a nephew of Mugabe – so claims all the other thieves!!

  5. typical of T H E S E guys -they used people kuita jambanja now they are discarding them just like that.if they truly are for the people why doesent any one leader who has excess land at least accomodate the evictees

  6. PLEASE STOP USING R.MUGABE NAME TO LIVE LAVISHLY.HE IS NOT CORRUPT AND IS NOT A THIEF.HAAN UKAMA NEMBAVHA.

  7. kkkkk zanu (p.f) giving people stands on one hand whilst at the same time evicting others. N.G.O’s are going to have a field day.Zanu vanhu kwete munhu

  8. MUTORITI IRI MBOKO CHAIYO INE MUSWE WEWAYA. CHEMBERE SEIYO KURARISWA PANZE NEKUDA KWEMUNHU ANOZVITI IHAMA YA r.g. GUYS ENOUGH S ENOUGH

    1. I looked at the bank draft which had said $7437 , I be certain …that…my friend could realie earning money in their spare time on-line. . there neighbor has done this for less than twelve months and resently paid the morgage on their mini mansion and got a great new Lancia . have a peek here….

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  9. This ZANU PF party does not love people,it just uses them for votes.I sympathize with these people,but most of all I hope they know what to do in 2018,in order to bring change.

  10. Biased laws. How much was That offer letter. On what basis was it given. Who gave him the offer letter.what Is the meaning of an offer letter. This Is failing leadership and human rights abuse.

    1. More importantly, who holds the Title Deeds? The original white owner would never have done that to his workers. Shame on you.

  11. Why did they have to burn their property. Why not allow them to take the little they had. But kupisa here vasikana. Very inhuman.

    1. I looked at the bank draft which had said $7437 , I be certain …that…my friend could realie earning money in their spare time on-line. . there neighbor has done this for less than twelve months and resently paid the morgage on their mini mansion and got a great new Lancia . have a peek here….

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  12. ANIMAL FARM: WE ARE NOW AT “SOME ANIMALS ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS” STAGE. FREEDOM AND WISDOM IS COMING MY DEAR FRIENDS. FEAR NOT. ZIMBABWE SHALL NEVER BE A COLONY AGAIN AND THOSE GOING TO CHIKURUBI SHALL SOON NEVER EAT POLONY AGAIN!

  13. I will always live to wonder why this is happening especially these hardtimes,where will the people go this is Zimbabwe and the evicted people are Zimbabweans ,refugees in their own country why not build a refugee camp for us if we are not fit to live like citizens of this country

    1. I looked at the bank draft which had said $7437 , I be certain …that…my friend could realie earning money in their spare time on-line. . there neighbor has done this for less than twelve months and resently paid the morgage on their mini mansion and got a great new Lancia . have a peek here….

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