COMMERCIAL FARMERS' UNION
FARM INVASIONS UPDATE -
29 APRIL 2000
STATEMENT MADE BY MINISTER OF JUSTICE EMMERSON
Ziana reports the Minister of Justice Emmerson Mnangagwa as
saying the President intends to invoke the Presidential Powers Act for 6
months to repeal part of the Land Acquisition Act of 1992 within the next 10
days to make it conform with the recent Constitutional Amendment.
Redistribution of land will begin by mid-May, he said. The stance of
Britan does not matter, said Mnangagwa.
There were two new invasions in Mvurwi
today. The labourers on Portlock Farm were assaulted, and the labourers on
Dundry Farm (Mtepatepa) have been threatened.
There are 250 invaders are
in the Concession area and this number is building up.
The foreman on Kelston Farm in Raffingora (invaded yesterday) was
On Slaughter Farm 14 invaders have taken over the the
Police are investigating.
The leader of the war vets,
Hunzvi, was in the area yesterday telling war vets not to interfere with
land prep. However, he message has not spread and only two farms have been
allowed to continue working. Massive land prep prevention continues in the
Extensive intimidation and re-education of labour is ongoing in
the region due to upcoming political rallies.
On Lushington Farm in Marondera, every single male and female labourer was assaulted. 10 people have been
hospitalised, but their situation is not critical.
region is generally quiet but there is extensive movement
and activity ongoing. Some farmers have now returned to their
On Humani Ranch an impala has been killed. Police
reaction is slow and invaders are still present (war vets and poachers) at
the time of writing
On Mkwasine Ranch, the caretaker and labour have all
There is a work stoppage; workers have been ordered to
stay in the compound, and game scouts are not allowed to patrol
Masapas and Levanga Ranches there is a massive poaching exercise going on.
There are snares everywhere and the situation is out of
There has been some movement in Shurugwi and
Somabula, and a few new invasions in the region.
A farmer has moved off
his farm in Mvuma due to threats.
War vets are holding meeting in
Featherstone on Monday.
There was a peaceful walk-on in
Headlands. The region is otherwise quiet.
An internet site has been set up where people from all over the
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