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Police evict land invaders

Police evict land invaders

Police here have begun forcibly to evict dozens of self-styled war veterans 
occupying a white-owned farm, with one defiant group detained this week.
by Chief Reporter

Officers set on fire the makeshift dwellings at Chikore Farm south of the 
Masvingo city, after ordering the more than 70 occupiers to remove their 
belongings and evacuate.

This has been the first serious move against the war veterans amid 
continuing farm invasions.

The police action was reportedly ordered by the co-ministers of Home Affairs 
ministers, Theresa Makone and Kembo Mohadi.

More than 4,000 farms have been invaded since President Robert Mugabe began 
the controversial land “reform” programme a decade ago.

“We have received instructions to be more strict with former fighters who 
refuse to obey government orders,” a police officer who sought anonymity 
told reporters.

However, it was not clear how long the eviction process would continue or 
whether it would be extended across the country.

Those rounded up have been detained at Masvingo Remand Prison.

No action has yet been taken anywhere else, although a large number of the 
occupied farms are not on the official list for acquisition. Police have 
previously ignored several court orders to evict the squatters.

Informed sources say Higher and Tertiary Education Minister Stan Mudenge was 
also interested in the farm, previously owned by whiter commercial farmer, 
Peter Buchan. On Wednesday about 70 squatters were driven off the farm near 
Great Zimbabwe, a tourist resort about 20km from Masvingo amid spirited 

The evictions continued on Thursday as police continued demolishing several 
makeshift homes in the vicinity of the farm.

In recent weeks, President Robert Mugabe has come under increasing pressure 
to restore law and order in farming districts, which are the backbone of 
Zimbabwe’s economy.

Mugabe has said that war veterans will only be allowed to remain on those 
farms acquired by the government, ending the uncertainty in the rest of the 
agricultural sector.


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