Last week more than 150 people were evicted from Stanley and Doroth More Farms near Chegutu by the Messenger of Court. Most of the evictees were resettled in 2000 during the fast track land reform programme and a good number of them claim to be war veterans. The evicted families and their goods were dumped by the roadside by the Messenger of Court. The farms have been reallocated to a former executive at a local bank Samuel Nhakaniso.
War veteran Livingstone Nyamadzawo is reported to have wailed in agony as he watched the messenger of court dumping his maize harvest by the roadside. Some of the evictees believe that the courts have been corrupted as the matter is still before High Court judge Justice David Mangota. Said Nyamadzawo
I’m surprised that I’m being evicted yet the case is still to be concluded by the courts besides my offer letter has not been cancelled.
I don’t have anywhere to go and they are destroying my command agriculture maize crop. How am I going to repay the inputs advanced to me?
Local village head Josephine Matanhike said:
Command agriculture was implemented and the president encouraged it but now command agriculture has been thrown on the road when the president is there. These people have offer letters, it is clear that the judicial system is corrupt