COMMERCIAL FARMER'S UNION
FARM INVASIONS UPDATE
SUNDAY 4 JUNE 2000
Macheke / Virginia - Airlie Farm severe intimidation of labour on Saturday by war vets. Foreman beaten up and police unable to attend until today because of a lack of fuel.
Paradise Farm - Saturday night war vets demanded a meeting with the labour. Demanded $55 from each worker now, and further payments, monthly. Police attending today.
Wedza - Relatively quiet
Enterprise / Bromley / Ruwa - As of Sunday morning - quiet. Rally is to take place on Chabwino farm today.
Mvurachena area - Gatsi farm, war vets moved into the farm house on Friday. Local task force will be meeting them on Monday.
Rapid Farm - New invasion by 10 on Saturday. Farm is gazetted.
Dorset Farm - One mombe was slashed on Friday night.
Suffolk Farm - Increase in invaders on Saturday. However, when told the farm was gazetted they all left.
Stonehaven farm - No presence but criminals broke into the ostrich enclosure attempting to slash a bird. Also had 1700 litres of fuel stolen. May relate to overflow from neighbouring Labor farm.
Homepark farm - owner was threatened with occupation of the house on Ngamakovera section. This was thwarted.
Bothas Rust - War vets currently visiting to inspect the farm as it has been gazetted.
Harare south / Featherstone / Beatrice - Nothing to report.
Save Conservancy -the Mkwasine Police and the War Vet task team visited Humani Ranch yesterday. The report given yesterday concerning the game scout had been very exaggerated - the game scout is not as severely beaten up as reported yesterday. The War Vet team is coming into Masvingo on Monday to C.I.O offices for a disciplinary hearing.
Everywhere else remains quiet.
Mwenezi area -Nothing to report this morning.
Gutu / Chatsworth Area -No communications with them.
Masvingo East and Central -All quiet.
Chiredzi Area -there seems to be a build up of numbers on Speargrass and on Bangala Ranch.
In Zvishavane, on Manjere Ranches, a group of invaders have arrived on mainly a political campaign. The police were called and the situation seems to be calm.
Yesterdays report indicated a rally to be held on Highlands Farm. The next door farm, Hillside, has been volatile as a result, with farmer and staff threatened and transport commandeered. The Lalapanzi Police have been called in.
Otherwise, area has had sporadic movements with little to report.
An MDC rally to be held today in Odzi. Generally quiet.
MASHONALAND WEST (SOUTH)