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Beatrice farmer & 84 workers threatened with eviction

Beatrice farmer & 84 workers threatened with eviction

By Alex Bell
03 October 2011

A commercial farmer in Beatrice and his 84 workers have all been handed 
eviction notices and ordered to vacate the property by the end of the week, 
as the ongoing seizure of land in Zimbabwe intensifies.

Wayne Greaves and his staff are in the process of moving their belongings 
off Enondo B farm, after the eviction papers were served by a sheriff of the 
court last Friday. That same court sheriff warned that he would return this 
week and anyone left on the property would be arrested.

An ‘offer’ letter for the farm was first served on Greaves in February. The 
offer letter was in two names, Hudson Zhanda and his wife Irene Zhanda, said 
to be a practicing nurse in London for the past 5 years.

At the time Greaves went to see the Governor in Marondera and explained that 
he had already given up two farms 2002, leaving him with Enondo B, where he 
was allowed to continue farming.

According to John Worsley-Worswick from Justice for Agriculture (JAG), this 
formal agreement was then set aside to allow the offer letter holder, 
Zhanda, to take over part of the land.

But this has since changed with Zhanda dragging Greaves to court in order to 
take over the whole property. The case was heard and letters of support for 
Greaves were all submitted, including letters from the Governor, the 
Provincial Administrator, the War Veterans’ Association Chairman and the 
chief lands officer. In the hearing, the Judge also suggested that a letter 
of support would also be needed from the Minister of Lands. A letter was 
then duly written by Minister Herbert Murerwa agreeing with the Governor’s 
recommendation, which was subsequently submitted.

But despite these letters of support, the Supreme Court has now backed 

JAG’s Worsley-Worswick told SW Radio Africa that Supreme Court Justice 
Godfrey Chidyausiku last week signed the eviction notices for Greaves and 
his staff.

“We are pretty horrified. This is the first time that a Judge has signed 
eviction notices individually for workers. Wayne’s concerns are all about 
the welfare of his workers, because what do they do now?” Worsley-Worswick 

An appeal is now being voiced for support for Greaves, his 84 farm labourers 
and their extended families, a total of more than 450 people, set to lose 


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