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War ‘vet’ nabbed for planting mbanje in a former coffee farm

War ‘Vet’ Nabbed For Planting Mbanje In A Former Coffee Farm

14/01/2011 08:40:00

Chimanimani, January 14 2011- A war veteran has been arrested for planting
mbanje at a coffee farm which he helped to grab from Roy Bennett of the
Movement of Democratic Change (MDC).

Pachedu farm, one of the country’s major coffee growers and foreign currency
earner was forcibly taken by a group of war veterans in 2005.

Sources said Gimore Muusha, a well known notorious war veteran in the area
was arrested by police this week after the police got a tip from fellow
invaders. Police recovered 35 mbanje plants in the coffee bushes and in his
pole and dagga house.

“Muusha has been planting mbanje in coffee bushes for a long time and
selling the illicit drug to fellow invaders and workers from surrounding
timber plantations,” said the source.

Muusha has been fingered several times in political violence against MDC
supporters. Initially he had occupied Bennett’s main farm house when the
farm was invaded but was evicted by government owned Agricultural Rural
Development Agency (ARDA) officers.

Radio VOP failed to get a comment from police as telephone lines were down
due to heavy rains.


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