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ZANU PF eviction of farm workers' families insensitive
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Hundreds of families in Mashonaland Central, Mashonaland West and Manicaland have been left homeless and stranded after they were evicted from farms in which they were housed. This recent move by some of ZANU PF chefs is selfish and shameless.
It is reported that former ZANU PF Member of Parliament for Chinhoyi, pompous businessman and cousin to President Mugabe, Mr Philip Chiyangwa evicted 55 families from Citrus Farm after spending a year without giving them any wages. The farm workers were taking home between US$50-70. The evicted families are currently residing at the Golf Course located at the periphery of the farm in the open, without proper food and sanitation facilities.
It is reported that yesterday, 16 February 2012, Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) visited the area to donate food and build temporary shelters for the evicted families but the Mashonaland West Provincial Governor, Trevor Chidarikire impeded CCJP from assisting the families without giving any valid reasons.
About 1000 families are also facing eviction from Manzou Farm in Mazowe. Mashonaland Central Governor and Resident Minister Advocate Martin Dinha who was quoted in The Herald of 14 February 2012 confirmed these reports and noted that "the evictions are necessary for the resuscitation of Manzou Game Park which was declared a national heritage since 2006".
In 2000 the then ZANU PF led government embarked on violent land invasions in the name of correcting the colonial injustices and giving Zimbabweans claim to their heritage. The operation however benefited the higher echelons in ZANU PF with reports of multiple farm ownership.
ZANU PF should stop this madness and start protecting the people. The farms should be put to good use instead of evicting the helpless farm workers who have spent their lifetime working on those lands. The inclusive government should intervene and allow NGOs to assist these homeless farm workers who have been left in the open in the middle of the rainy season.