Army responds to farmer eviction story  - Zimbabwe Situation

Army responds to farmer eviction story 

Source: Army responds to farmer eviction story – The Zimbabwe Independent July 20, 2018

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THE Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) yesterday responded to the Zimbabwe Independent story that it had forcibly evicted the cleric, claiming that no force was used, but that it only went in to protect equipment and infrastructure at the farm, even though the victims insist they were forced out.

Staff Writer.

“Following your lead story titled Zimbabwe soldiers evict new farmer at gunpoint in last week’s edition, the ZNA feels obliged to correct distortions contained in your article. The correct position is that Delvillewood Farm, measuring 250 hectares was compulsorily acquired by the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement and was allocated to Headquarters 5 Infantry Brigade for use as institutional land,” director army public relations Lieutenant Alphios Makotore said through a statement.

“After getting the offer letter, the brigade approached the occupant of the farm, Mr Isaac Tititi Moyo, who was allocated another farm to make arrangements for the brigade to take over the farm. Meanwhile, troops were deployed to guard against possible vandalism of equipment and infrastructure to allow for a smooth hand-over and take-over of the farm. From the above facts, it can be discerned that there was no forceful eviction of Mr Moyo nor were there any disruptions of farming operations, which you termed ‘a military-style take-over’.”

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    Mthandazo 1 year ago

    This is such an inhumane and heartless act. How can an 82 yr old be evicted from a property he obviously acquired legally.
    Military with rifles???
    In a country that claims to be independent! Why then is a senior citizen, a man of God, an exemplary member of society who produces yields supplying the Grain Marketing Board and giving to the less fortunate being treated in such an ill mannered way?
    I know the Reverend. He has worked extremely hard for what he has achieved. He is a man full of humanity, kindness and love. If then a respectable man of such stature is treated as harshly as this for doing good, then my question is… what does the future hold for us?