High Court Orders First Family to Stop Farm Evictions

via High Court Orders First Family to Stop Farm Evictions by Blessing  Zulu 01.04.2014 VOAZimbabwe

The High Court has given a six-month reprieve to about 900 families at Manzou Farm near Mazowe, who are being evicted to allegedly pave way for the first family, which, according to well-placed sources, wants to turn the farm into a wildlife sanctuary.

The settlers had been given an ultimatum by the police to vacate the farm by Monday and the High Court order came as a welcome relief.

The Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights represented the settlers. The order was given against Home Affairs Minister Kembo Mohadi and Lands Minister Douglas Mombeshora. In the past weeks, armed riot police and officers of the Central Intelligence Organization were allegedly evicting and threatening the settlers.

Some of those evicted were reportedly dumped in Rushinga and others along the Harare-Bindura highway.

The settlers told Studio 7 that their homes were razed to the ground by police who were armed with shotguns, batons and dogs. The settlers said the police officers had denied them the opportunity to harvest their tobacco and maize crop and also refused to disclose who had sent them.

They are now appealing for tents from well-wishers as they have no shelter.

The first family already has vast projects in the Mazowe district, which include an orphanage, a state-of-the-art primary school, Gushungo Dairy Farm, and they recently appropriated a large chunk of Interfresh’s Mazowe Citrus Estates.

Efforts to get a comment from the first lady’s spokesman Lawrence Kamwi or Mashonaland Central Governor Martin Dinha were futile as their phones went unanswered.
Dinha though has previously denied that the evictions are linked to the first family, arguing that the people settled themselves illegally in 2000.

Human rights lawyer Dewa Mavhinga, Human Rights Watch’s senior researcher who has been following the case, said the government must respect the order.



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    kelly 8 years ago

    Pure evil, even animals are treated much better than that. How about a reasonable notice and even better since the first family has all resources – prepare decent ressetlement for them. Are these not the same people who partcipated in the strugle for our indipendence.
    Sounds like animal farm replay to me

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    thembani 8 years ago

    How much land does Disgrace and her geriatric of a husband own?

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      Doris 8 years ago

      15 farms I think. And there are others who have also worked their measly way through the same number of farms, destroying everything along the way, moving onto yet another farm, raping that and moving onto the next etc. etc. They do it because they can.

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    God’s judgment comes!

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    “Woe to those who devise iniquity and work out evil on their beds. t morning light they practise it because it is in the power of their hand. They covet fields and take them by violence; also houses and seize them. So they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance…..Therefore this says the Lord, “behold against this family I am devising disaster, from which you cannot remove your necks.” Micah 2:1-3

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    Dave Wood 8 years ago

    I am so pleased, the shoe is now on the other foot. They must start fighting amongst each other like typical little Shona thieves. These idiots are born thieves, they have destroyed Africa and will continue to do so…

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    gorongoza 8 years ago

    Mugabe, haunyari here harahwa yakaita sewe kutambudza vanhu zvakadai? Chifa mhani!

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    Tongoona 8 years ago

    Let us be straight to the point. The culprit here is not first family in general. The culprit is the first lady Grace. She is forgetting that the day of reckoning is coming soon in 2018. Zimbabweans will not forgive her and ZANU PF for treating citizens like dogs. Taneta nehunhu hwemunhukadzi uyu behaving like she is not a mother. Thanks to Human Rights Lawyers for assisting the down trodden in Manzou.

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    Act 9 scene 57: in the Old Man bedroom

    DisGrace: [sotto voice]: Who is this uppity Judge, my dear?
    Old Man: [loud and clear]: The one I appointed, darling.
    DisGrace: Oh No! The peasants are revolting.
    Old Man: Yes they are, darling.

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    Tongoona 8 years ago

    First Lady you are shameless and heartless. Now you have evicted people who worked tirelessly to build the women’s league in the same manner you evicted the Manzou families. This is getting into our nerves and please don’t dare the people of Zimbabwe because in 2018 you will see the true colors of Zimbabweans. It will be your year of doing unto others what you want done unto you. Chinokanganwa idemo asi muti wakatemwa haukanganwe.