Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs Ellen Gwaradzimba said white farmers are reluctant to share land or live in harmony with blacks.
Gwaradzimba was addressing a meeting at the launch of the National Land Policy in Mutare on Friday, following the shooting of two new farmers at Ariston Holdings’ Roscommon Estate in Chimanimani on Monday. She said:
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There is resistance to the extent that on Monday there was an altercation where two black farmers were shot (at Roscommon Estate) and they had offer letters.
… It is our wish that we live in harmony and that we co-exist, but we are facing a lot of resistance and we end up being misrepresented in the media as racists.
A Roscommon Estate security guard, Nicholas Bere, fatally shot Beware Tsarai and injured Shingai Mafake, who is admitted at Mutambara Mission Hospital following a land row.
The duo was among new farmers allocated part of the farm by the government under the land reform programme.