Sent: Monday, April 24, 2000 11:05
Subject: cfu update 24
Farm Invasions Update - 24 April
Monday, 24 April, 2000
Five farms in south west Wedza are in a volatile situation. A
and trailer with about 25 "war vets" is touring five farms,
include numbers of up to 120 "war vets". A great deal of
of labour underway. Three workers seriously injured on
unknown number on Dean Farm where there was an armed attack.
Tapson (Dean) had a tobacco bulk store burned down (house OK).
Labour having a tough time on Beer, Oklahoma and
Tottness Farms. One
labourer abducted on Beer Farm, apparent MDC
Mashonaland East had a meeting with war vets and FA Chairmen
provincial Taskforce and a District Taskforce have been set up
at the way forward on land reform. Mr John Parkin was the
chairman, Guy Watson-Smith represented the farmers and Mr
Ndumo, who is
the vice-Charmin of Mash East War Veterans Association,
war vets. A member of the ZANU (PF) Central
Committee also attended
New invasion - Harare
South Amalinda Farm, 50 plus. Peaceful, asked to
see farm map, went to
see labour. Manager Martin Harrison left farm and
reported from Harare.
(Owner Peter Huddy away).
Arthur Baisley reports Macheke/Virginia OK but
"war vets" making a lot
of demands (foodwise).
Big group arrived at Lonely Park. Message conveyed
to officer in charge
to tell the owner to not come back. However,
farming has been ongoing
since he left.
Chifumbi Farm, Mr
Nortier - very demanding and threatening situation.
clothing and food.
Mukwene Farm - there is a large group of war vets who
said they would
demonstrate to the manager what treatment they give to
people who do not
Ridings School NOT invaded.
Tengwe Zanu-PF rally - normal
mud slinging. 1000 people attended.
Highbury Estate - as perceived to be British owned, extra pressure was
brought on to this estate today. All okay.
A tense situation in
Doma North on Chipunga Farm. Neighbours have been
of assistance in
Mashonaland West (S)
Save Valley Conservancy - invasion on Levanga Ranch. War
vets told the
people maintaining the veterinary and buffalo fences to
also told the caretaker of one of the lodges to
vacate. A meeting has
been arranged for tomorrow between police, war
vets and farmers to try
defuse the situation. There has been an
upsurge of poaching recently
and there is concern the large number of
black rhino in this conservancy
could be taken out.
Three death threats in the province. Manjere
Mberengwe/Zvishavane homestead occupied by war vets and
cleared them out and told them not to return.
60 invaders on Edward's Farm - 10 armed (AKs, 303s); pegged
At Beacon Kop 100 invaders, occupied staff quarters,
Mvurwi - 40 farmers
evacuated farms as a result of armed incursions on
to Forrester Estates.
Duncan Hamilton and the two ladies are okay.
There were approximately
1000 people, 20 to 30 of them being war vets,
the rest from nearby
The war vets are mobile and have invaded another
6-8 farms today. As
the farmers were not on farm, the invaders
moved on to the next farm.
Horseshoe Area - Edmunstone Farm: lorry
stolen, farm occupied (Fred
Williamson, owner) moved on to Gurungwe
Tsatsi - Des Martin unable to return to Mountain Home Farm due to
vet road block on Chadesly Road.
In Mazowe, Makalanga Farm
(Peter MacDonald) visited by ZANU-PF who
demanded all MDC cards to be
handed in by workers. MacDonald had to
refund workers joining
Glendale - On Sunday at approximately 1500hrs 50 "war vets"
Villa Franca, intimidated workers and took away opposition T
Moved to Satchel, Heyshott and Wooler Farms doing the
TAKE NOTE: NEW TACTIC. WOLVES IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING: On the last two
"war vets" arrived in MDC T shirts; they were welcomed by the
who then realized that they had been deceived.
vets" have vowed to return today. ZANU PF also moving around
intimidating. Other regions need to be warned of this new tactic.
- all work stopped on Lions Den Farm, Annadale and Rutherdale.
have been stopped (threats to burn them); farmers told to stop
preparation for wheat.
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