There was drama yesterday at Worchestershire Farm, about 12km outside Gweru off the Harare highway, when Zanu PF activists blocked party youths who had come for the unveiling of residential stands at the piece of land.
Source: Zanu PF youths, women activists clash over land – NewsDay Zimbabwe March 9, 2017
BY Stephen Chadenga
Some of the women protested by lying on the ground blocking two buses carrying the youths, who are beneficiaries of the Zanu PF Midlands Youths Worchestershire Housing Project.
Zanu PF intends to dish out 14 500 residential and commercial stands to youths at the piece of land where ruling party members, including women, were resettled a few years ago.
Midlands Provincial Affairs minister Jason Machaya was unreachable yesterday.
But Zanu PF provincial youth chairperson Prosper Machando dismissed reports of the clash, saying it was just “a slight misunderstanding” with the resettled people, which was quickly resolved.
“Obviously, when someone suddenly comes to your house, you are bound to raise your head,” Machando said.
“But when we arrived with the minister (Machaya) and explained the purpose of our visit, they (resettled farmers) quickly understood and a liaison committee was formed between the youths and the resettled farmers.”
However, the resettled farmers, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said a storm was brewing as they felt the youths had invaded the land they had been allocated by Zanu PF.