Commercial Farmers' Union of Zimbabwe

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Police Thump War Veterans

Police Thump War Veterans

Masvingo, February 12, 2012 – Armed riot police gave veterans of the 
liberation war a comprehensive thumping this week after they had pushed 
their luck a step ahead by trying to invade farms owned by black Zimbabweans 
along Masvingo-Mutare highway.

Self-styled war veteran Francis Zimuto popularly known as Black Jesus had 
earlier last week influenced fellow comrades to look for all unproductive 
farms in Masvingo and occupy them.

Popular bus operator and prominent business man Tanda Tavaruva of the Mhunga 
Bus Services whose farm is situated about 60 kilometers east of Masvingo 
city became the first victim.

Other farm owners around Chidza area who included another popular business 
man Mr Ganyani also fell victim of the marauding war veterans.

They tried to talk to the war veterans but they refused to leave the farms 
arguing that most Black people who own commercial farms are being used as 
façade men by White Commercial farmers.

However, the war veterans’ joy of acquiring yet some pieces of land did not 
live long as the police deployed armed riot police to beat them up.

By Saturday afternoon, all war veterans were finally driven out of farms.

Masvingo War Veterans chairman Isaiah Muzenda distanced himself from the 
dubious invasions saying the police did a ‘very good job’ by beating errant 
war veterans.

“Those guys are greedy and too ambitious. We thank the police for their 
timely intervention. Our name as war veterans is being put in disrepute by 
some greedy elements among us. I was personally against that idea and we are 
relived that at least they were finally driven out,” said Muzenda.

Masvingo provincial spokesperson Inspector Tinaye Matake confirmed the 
incident but refused to go into details.

“There was a misunderstanding between some farmers and war veterans, we have 
intervened and everything is now in order,” said Matake.

Black Jesus who was in the fore front of several farm invasions in Masvingo 
since 2000 could not be reached for comment.


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