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Latest farm grab: 80 workers thrown out

Latest farm grab: 80 workers thrown out

About 80 farm workers from Guy Farm and their families have been left 
homeless following farm seizures by top government officials recently.

by Staff Reporter

Desperate former farm workers told The Zimbabwean that the farm takeover by 
a senior official from the Attorney General’s office and a top female 
government official deployed at the Marondera Maguta Offices, took them by 

The farm owner, Jeff Guy, had two small plots merged into one and employed 
80 workers.

They invasion followed a visit to the plot by Zanu (PF) Mashonaland East 
Provincial Governor, Aenias Chigwedere who came in the presence of unnamed 
government officials two months ago.

“The (invaders) descended on the farm last week accompanied by officials 
from the Ministry of Lands. They gave our employer, Guy, seven days’ notice 
to wind up his farming activities and leave the property.

‘‘The Maguta woman the farm main house and took over control of the workers’ 
living quarters. She ordered farm workers and their families to vacate farm 
houses immediately. As we speak, the majority of the former farm workers are 
stranded at the farm as they have no alternative shelter,” said a dejected 

“Guy had no option but to temporarily transfer most of the farm equipment to 
Akasaba Farm for safekeeping ,’’ said one worker. A farmer only identified 
as Smit is understood to be renting Akasaba after entering into a lease 
agreement with the late Sabina Mugabe, President Mugabe’s sister, several 
years ago. It was not clear if she had acquired the farm under the fast 
track land redistribution programme or had bought it.

The Zimbabwean could not locate Guy for comment but saw some of his 
household property dumped at a flat in Marondera town. Sources at the farm 
said Tapedza confided in some workers that he could hardly afford farm 
inputs and equipment, and would not have time for farming activities.

“I find it difficult to understand how a fellow black man could forcibly 
evict poor farm workers form the land, without providing them with 
alternative accommodation and employment elsewhere. Our future has been 
shattered,” said another worker who only identified himself as Choruma.

Efforts to get comment from Chigwedere and the new occupiers were fruitless 
as they were unavailable. 


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