Sent: Sunday, April 23, 2000 10:58
COMMERCIAL FARMERS' UNION
FARM INVASIONS UPDATE - 23 APRIL 2000
Fourstreams Farm, Mvurwi, owned by
Grant Robertson reported an invasion
by 500 people including war vets,
on 22nd April. Most of these have
moved off. There is now a
presence of approximately 60. A road block
had been set up but
this has now been dismantled.
Centenary - generally quiet
- Arabira Farm, Muwonga Farm, Thosa-thla
Farm hostile people on them -
but peaceful at the moment
Tsatsi - War vets want all
farmers to sign over half their farms in
writing - seem to be
moving from farm to farm.
Mvurwi - Approximately 500
moved off Munera Farm and gone on to Four
Streams - peaceful at the
moment. At approximately 3.00 p.m. on Sunday
23rd April, Duncan
Hamilton of Forrester Estates was involved in a very
situation. His girlfriend is held hostage inside while he is
kept outside in the garden. It appears damage has been done to
house. At this stage weapons have been seen, the police have been
called in and further support should be arriving shortly.
Victory Block/Horseshoe - Quiet.
Small holder in
Helensvale/Borrowdale area received a life threat if
they don't vacant
in a week.
Bindura - 50 war vets marched on the workers
from Tara Farm to Azkara
Farm with the intention of having them beaten
up the Azkara workers.
The tables were turned and Support Unit was
called in. Everything now
Shamva - War vets
attacked workers at Chapadzi Farm, 9 people were hurt.
Charges were laid
and accepted at the local police station.
Concession - Quiet.
Uvonga Farm, owned by Clive Stockil, reports that game guards followed
up on 5 poachers who were caught with impalas in the snare. The
guards arrested the poachers and then came across war vets, who
confiscated the game guards' weapons and the game guards have still
Numbers of war vets on Humani and
Masapasi Ranches are unknown at this
has also been a build up of army vehicles and troop carriers seen
down the Beitbridge Road.
Gutu - Zanu(PF) Rally
MASH WEST NORTH
Mr Barkley went to Kuti farm to see whether
Arthur Purkiss can get wheat
planted. The war vets demanded a letter
stating Purkiss would leave farm
by 15/5/2000, or they would trash the
place. Chief Superintendent Barara
was meant to pick up provincial war
vet Sipo. He found Sipo in hospital
since Rex hab beaten him up in
ZANU PF offices in Karoi yesterday .
Mr Terblanche in Karoi was
threatened. Situation tense.
Tengwe - Zanu(PF)
Doma had a big withdrawal of war veterans on April 21. A presence
left on some farms in Doma East and West.
Tchetchenini was invaded on 21 April by 22 elderly people from
Kazangarare. The group is waiting to be visited by a particular war vet.
Highbury Estates - approximately 75 people
arrived and formed ZANU (PF)
cells in tobacco, livestock and row
Quiet - farmers are returning to farms with families. Only
farmhouses ransacked so far, with minor theft reported.
l. Discussions with the War Vets PR Team delayed
due to a ZANU PF rally
where farm invaders are preparing for the
presentation by Minister
members advised to support rally as they have supported
3. Farm invasions continue with 5 new invasions
since the new peaceful
initiative. Farmers take exception to
4. Harrassment of farmers and farm workers continue
demands being made, i.e. supply shoes, clothing,
food. Instructions are
still being given not to plant a winter
Wedza - Linton Farm Zanu PF Youth have been
stirring up labour the
whole of last night and demanding food etc this
morning. A car tried to
enter and was stoned by a group of youths near
the main road trying to
stop it. Support Unit was called and everything
is now under control. A
farmer talk team has visited them.
The report yesterday on Kershelmar Farm
reported in yesterdays report. Two labourers were
A tyre and two tubes were stolen from a workshop and food
and beer taken from a fridge. The war vets then left and
returned to Sanjo to advise Mr Hagger, the
farm-sitter, that they
would return on Tuesday to discuss land
allocation of Sanjo and Impala
Peter Fraser-McKensie died on Thursday evening
after an illness. His
memorial service will be held at the
Anglican Cathedral on Wednesday
26th April, 2000 at 11.30am.