Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2000 3:44
Subject: cfu update
FARM INVASIONS UPDATE - 25 APRIL 2000
CFU Vice-President Cloete and Deputy Director Amyot saw Minister
Nkomo this morning and asked why farms are still being burnt when
agreed to de-escalate things. He said that he didn't know
and called on
Hunzvi to reply. CFU and Hunzvi have released a joint
the war veterans to stop aggression, work stoppages
etc. Hunzvi said
that some farmers are insighting aggression. All
farmers are please to
restrain themselves while a settlement is being
The CFU negotiating team is to meet with war
vet leaders tomorrow (Wed
26 April) at 5:00 p.m.
The Government team has left for the UK and will meet with the British
delegation and donors.
A press report was released by the
Acting Minister of Lands and
Agriculture, Honourable Joyce Mujuru, on
the eve of the opening of the
tobacco floors. The important point for
winter producers is as follows:
"In conclusion, allow me
to take this opportunity to allow farmers to
continue their cropping
programmes in particular the growing of winter
crops such as wheat and
barley, which are normally planted at this time
of the year.
Zimbabwe consumes about 450 000 tonnes of wheat each year,
and in the
last two years, farmers have been producing on average 320
necessitating imports of just over 100 000 tonnes of wheat
which is used
for gristing purposes. In light of the ongoing
between Government, War Veterans Association and the
Union, a lasting solution to the land issue is being
There should now be a peaceful co-existence on the farms so
as to enable
farming operations to continue. If winter wheat cropping
disrupted, there could be repercussions on the availability of wheat
flour and bread from October onwards."
is increasing and is riding on the back of the farm
involves store break-ins, poaching, and petty theft.
quiet. Invaders have now moved off Forrester Estates, and
stolen two vehicles from the Estate, so are now very mobile. They
have visited two farms and are expected to visit another three in the
Macheke/Virginia - An
aeroplane flying over the area has reported that
all looks fairly
quiet. On Arizona (Dave Stevens), there are no
labourers left on the property.
Bromley/Ruwa - Chinika
Farm (Rob Brown): farm operations are back to
Park (P Retzlaff) - the manager is back onfarm and milking is
underway. One or two cattle have been slaughtered by the invaders,
continue to eat the farm produce and drink the milk.
Atlanta, Devonia - work is returning to normal due to a police
presence. Five head of cattle were slaughtered on Atlanta and two
vehicles were used to distribute the meat for the celebrations to
veterans around the area.
Wedza - Four new
farms have been invaded and pegged. There is continued
intimidation on the farm labourers in the compounds at night.
South Down (Mark Saunders) - the labour was assaulted last night.
On Chipesa (Iain Kay) 28 head of cattle were slaughtered this morning.
The meat was found in the invaders' huts, and when confronted by the
police, the invaders threatened to set alight the police vehicles.
Mashonaland South West
Chevy Chase Farm has been invaded by
about 80 people chanting anti-MDC
slogans. The labour have been
intimidated into doing the same, with the
war veterans visiting the
surrounding farms on a so-called
Mashonaland North West
Mhangura - J Brown, D
Nicolle and N Hoy have all been threatened if they
for the winter wheat crop.
Karoi - On Matthew Walsh's Fiddlers
Green, invaders confiscated weapons
from the gun bearers. There was a
slight altercation and Walsh was told
to leave the property. Later when
Walsh and his mananger went to hand in
the weapons at the police
station, there were no police present as they
were attending a scene
between MDC and Zanu PF. The invaders then made
them go to the Zanu (PF)
office, where they were detained and
intimidated. They left the weapons
Wingate Farm - the mechanic was ambushed, made to walk on fire
Rocklands Farm (Gavin Roper) - Farmer is
in Harare. The manager and
assistant manager have been chased off the
There has been massive intimidation in the
townships of Karoi and
Chinhoyi - there has
been an escalation of threats on farmers and work
stoppages on farmers
preparing for a winter crop. There were ten new
invasions in Chinhoyi
today, with 5 - 10 people on each farm.
There have been three new invasions in the area, otherwise quiet.
There have been two new invasions in
Inyati. There was a confrontation
involving 20 war veterans (a
group of resident and a group of foreign
veterans). The foreign
veteran leader was beaten up and the incident
reported to the Inyati
Police who did not react.
At 8 pm last night there was a report
in the Shangani Greystone area of
an abduction from Penticon Farm but
the situation has been defused.
There are a lot more invaders in the
Matopos area. Area chairmen have
been advised to inform
everyone not to go back to the farms.
Generally quiet but new invasions still occurring. The invaders
Naude Burger of Eduan Estates have invaders in his home but
the domestics chased them away. JJ Burger has received a
45 farmers attended a meeting today, at which it was decided to
the status quo at orange alert.
MBEKI IN SECRET DEAL
Johannesburg, April 22 - The Sunday Times reported
president Robert Mugabe had made behind the scene
concessions to South
African president Thabo Mbeki to end the illegal
white-owned farms and to hold free and fair
South African opposition parties reacted with
outrage on Saturday after
it was reported that Mozambican president
Joaquim Chissano, Bamibian
president Sam Nujoyma and Mbeki came out in
support to Mugabe at a press
conference at Victoria Falls summit
referring to him as a "champion of
the rule of law."
to the Sunday Times, the statements were aimed at publicly
Mugabe to sticking to the agreement.
Mbeki lobbied leaders of the US,
Europe, Britain and southern Africa to
back a dramatic rescue plan for
the strife torn country, which he
presented to Mugabe at the summit on
In a private meting with Mbeki, Mugabe agreed to order war
end their occupation of farms, hold free and fair elections
down his inflammatory rhetoric.
In return, Britain has
agreed to fund Mugabe's land reform programme,
hundreds of millions of
rands in loan finance for Zimbabwe through the
Fund are to be unlocked and South Africa will
finance organisations and local businesses on its
The deal followed a week of intense behind-the-scenes diplomacy in
Mbeki spoke by telephone to US president Bill Clinton, British
minister Tony Blair and European Union leader Romano Prodi to get
undertaking to support land reform in Zimbabwe.
evacuation of the 10000 illegal squatters on farms in Zimbabwe is
expected to begin this week.
A delegation of Zimbabwean ministers will
fly to London this week to
finalise details of the deal, which will see
funds pledged by Britain
and others in 1988 released to the
Friday's deal followed a blooky week in which two farmers and
opposition supporters were killed. (Sapa-Sunday Times)
ACCOMMODATION and OTHER
We have a small Safari Lodge - Biri
River Safaris - and would like to
make the offer to farmers for free
self catering accommodation if they
would like some time away -no
phones, no radios! I can be contacted at
the address below.
Biri River Safari Lodge
P O Box 351, Chegutu, Zimbabwe
- - -
Mr Mark van Rensburg of Kenmark Builders,
Bluff Hill and Rupurara Farm,
Juliasdale, has very kindly offered 1 400
square metres of ware house
space at Bluff Hill Park. The warehouse is
vacant at the moment and Mr
van Rensburg has very kindly offered this
facility to farmers who have
had to vacate their farms and who may wish
to store personal effects,
valuables, equipment, vehicles, etc. There
are mens and ladies toilet
facilities as well as some showers. Contact
Mr Mark van Rensburg: 305189 (Direct office line)
or 740976 (Home and
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We have had the offer of warehouse storage facilities (very
no charge) for distressed farmers who wish to store prized
safely, even large items such as cars. Mr Jim Bass, Bass
made this offer. Contact David Bass on 011-600893, or
Lisa Bass on
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Marett, GP, is offering her services to farmers staying in Harare who
not have a doctor in the city.
10 van Pragh Avenue (cnr