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BREAKING NEWS, ZIMBABWE
8TH APRIL 2003
TEMBA MLISWA and THUGS BEAT FARMERS AND POLICE OFFICERS.
Tuesday 8th April, 2003 displaced farmers Alan Parsons (44), Johnny Coast (44), ZRP Inspector Kumalo, the Messenger of the Court and the Sheriff, were severely beaten by the "new owner" of Alan’s Karoi farm, TEMBA MLISWA, and about 15 thugs. It is only a few months since Temba Mliswa and his thugs beat up Alan’s wife Jenny and their eldest son of 16.
The Police had contacted Alan to tell him that his farm equipment was being stolen and that he needed to travel to Karoi and go out to the farm with them so as to take an inventory of what was left and to identify some property which the Police believed had been stolen from the farm. Johnny, who accompanied Alan to Karoi, had had 100% assurance from the Officer Commanding District Supt. GUMBO that their safety would be guarenteed while visiting the farm. Alan and Johnny travelled to Karoi and were accompanied by a PISI (Police Intelligence) officer, one CID detail and one CIO operative, all in plain clothes and a uniformed ZRP Sgt. They also had Insp. Kumalo and the Messenger of the Court with them.
On arrival at the farm the homestead and farm yard gates were locked and there was no one around. They looked around the farm yard identifying where equipment was missing that had been there when Alan and his family were forcibly evicted by MLISWA. They then drove to the other section of the farm where the Police said there was some stolen equipment hidden. At this time, one of the members of the group returned to Karoi to collect a locksmith so that entry could be gained into the main farm yard and the Parsons homestead. In one of the sheds a .303 calibre rifle was found and taken by the PISI officer.
On entering the Parsons home Alan noticed that a lot of their furniture and household items had been stolen (MLISWA had keys to the house). Alan asked the Police if he could take some of their personal items from their home. The Police agreed and it was loaded onto their Land Cruiser outside the house. At that moment they could hear wild screaming coming from the yard (close to the house) and then next minute MLISWA ran right up to Alan screaming like a lunatic and punched him in the face. All hell broke loose as the approx. 15 thugs accompanying MLISWA set about beating Alan, Johnny and the Policemen and Messenger of the Court, with fists and some used golf clubs found in the back of the Land Cruiser. The .303 rifle was taken from the PISI officer by one of the thugs, who immediately put it against Alan’s head and pulled the trigger. Fortuneately the rifle was not loaded. Alan and Johnny ran outside to try and get away, but saw the gates had been locked and MLISWA’s truck was barring their exit.
While they were being beaten MLISWA was screaming " kill these people", "kill the white pigs". The thugs then grabbed anything they could to use to beat Alan and Johnny (the Police had absconded), which included fuel pipes, golf clubs, gas bottles, iron fencing standards.
Alan was on the back of the truck and being beaten from all sides he ran under a fuel tank frame where he thought he could protect himself. MLISWA followed him, kicked him in the back – when Alan fell to the ground MLISWA continued to kick him all over the body. In the meantime the other thugs were beating Johnny near his truck .
Alan and Johnny do not know how long this all went on for but some while later a contingent of Police and Army details arrived at the farm gate. The assailants ran away and the Police vehicle took Alan and Johnny to Karoi. On leaving the farm the notorious (Kariba murders prior to the Parliamentary elections in 2001) REX JESUS drove up, stopped the Police vehicle, looked in at Alan and Johnny, closed the door and let them proceed. The Police delivered them to a friend in Karoi.
The thugs stole the victims cell phones and money and also smashed up Johnny’s Land Cruiser using iron fencing standards to smash the windows, doors, bonnet and roof.
Alan and Johnny have been treated at a Hospital and it is believed that Inspector Kumalo has been admitted to a district Hospital.