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Zanu PF ‘youths’ invade Mtanda’s farm

Zanu PF ‘youths’ invade Mtanda’s farm

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 09:51
HARARE – About 100 Zanu PF supporters have reportedly invaded Caps Holdings 
Limited (CAPS) owner Frederick Mtanda’s Winray Farm in Mashonaland West 
province under the pretext that it has been “declared party property”.

While the Harare businessman was unsure about the motive of the latest 
disruptions, the Mutorashanga incident forms part of a series of wanton 
actions to take-over the farm altogether since government also tried to 
acquire the land in recent years.

On the other hand, Zanu PF secretary for lands Ignatius Chombo yesterday 
dismissed the incident, saying the party had no policy or interest to be 
involved in farming directly and, therefore, the Winray overrun was illegal.

“The party has no ambition of owning farms. In fact, they have always been 
allocated to individuals,” he said, adding there were also possibilities 
that the “people masquerading as Zanu PF youths and women had been deployed 
by the party’s detractors”.

Attempts to secure comment from party spokesperson Rugare Gumbo, Rural 
Resettlement minister Herbert Murerwa and Mashonaland West provincial 
administrator one Mr Shumba were unsuccessful, as their mobile phones went 

With President Robert Mugabe’s land redistribution exercise benefitting 
party cronies and allies, the invaders want Mtanda out of the 
highly-productive 1 600 hectare farm under a nasty twist to the chaotic 
programme, which has seen black-on-black violence increase in recent years.

“This is not the first time they have done this (as) they have (also) 
resettled people on the other part of the farm using the same method. 
Initially, the farm was over 2 000 hectares,” the troubled businessman told 
the Daily News yesterday.

A controversial character and businessman, Mtanda has also been in the news 
for an alleged $25 million fraud at his drug manufacturing firm, although he 
denies the charges.

Known by his wartime nom de guerre, Chillis, the ex-freedom fighter and 
personal assistant to the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo has also grabbed 
the headlines after clashing with several Zanu PF functionaries over Zapu 
properties countrywide.

In what could be considered a cheeky political move or development in Zanu 
PF circles, he has also written the foreword to Nkomo’s popular and 
republished autobiography The Story of My Life, which also chronicles his 
travails at the hands of Mugabe’s post-independence administration.

Zanu PF ‘youths’ invade Mtanda’s farmZanu PF secretary for lands Ignatius 
Chombo. – Xolisani Ncube 


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