Zimbabwe: Farm group warns of `final push` for commercial land

source: SW Radio Africa
By Alex Bell
18 October 2010

A farming rights group has warned that there is a “final push” to seize Zimbabwe’s handful of remaining commercial properties, ahead of fresh elections.

In the past few weeks a number of farming families have been left destitute after their properties were seized by local officials from ZANU PF. This includes the Connar family from Masvingo who were forced to flee their farm earlier this month, after ZANU PF central committee member, Clemence Makwarimba invaded the property. Makwarimba evicted the Connar family with the help of violent youth militias who also beat up the farm’s workers.

Justice for Agriculture (JAG) told SW Radio Africa on Monday that there is a visible drive to seize what is left of commercial land before elections are called next year. JAG’s John Worsley-Worswick said the situation is deteriorating rapidly, with ZANU PF governors leading the “final push” for commercial land. Worsley-Worswick explained that ZANU PF governors are running scared, after the MDC contested their [continue reading]

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