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Shangaan Speakers Invade Sugar Cane Farms In Tribal War

Shangaan Speakers Invade Sugar Cane Farms In Tribal War

Roy Chikara Masvingo, September 19, 2012 – Over a thousand Shangani 
speakers, believed to be Zanu (PF) supporters from Chief Tsvovani in 
Chiredzi, have invaded Sugar Cane producers, Triangle limited plantations.
They are accusing the party of sidelining them during the chaotic land grabs 
that started 12 years ago in favour of the Karanga speaking people who have 
been given land.

The irate villagers together with their children, who occupied the giant 
sugar cane mill’s farms in section six and four over the weekend, have vowed 
not to move out.

“We have been neglected and overlooked by our party for a long time may be 
because of our minority tribe,” a settler who only identified himself as 
Hlekani told a Radio VOP reporter who visited the area on Wednesday.

“Since 2000 less than 10 Shangans benefited from the land redistribution,” 
he said.

“Land was distributed to the Karangas who are the majority in the province 
and they came from other districts. We have therefore decided to take our 
stake and we are not going anywhere,” he said.

The latest development is coming barely a week after some of the villagers 
from the same area invaded two farms occupied by fellow former ruling party 
supporters of the Karanga tribe.

Triangle Limited, Managing Director, Sydney Mutsambiwa, said his 
organisation will find solutions.

“We have received such reports and we are running around …We will try to 
find a solution,” he said.

The invasion could disrupt the smooth flow of business at the enormous sugar 
plant that had been enjoying a sharp upsurge of production over the past 
years since the formation of the shaky inclusive government that has brought 
some stability to the economy.

In 2008, he said production had sunk below a production level of 320 000 
tones but this year there were looking at getting over 400 000 tones and 
improve their export to the European Union (EU).

The new settlers also accused Zanu (PF) leadership of being greedy by 
recently grabbing Save Valley Conservancies when they had nothing, a 
situation that triggered the new wave of invasions.

The new settlers accused the local Governor, Titus Maluleke, of neglecting 
them despite being at the helm of the provincial political power.

Maluleke, a Shangaan, owns two farms. He declined to comment on the matter.


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