Farmworkers at Subdivision 2, Stilfontein of Umzila Farm in Chipinge are facing the threat of a bleak future as a senior government official is seeking to grab the lucrative farm from its owner.
Terrence Machocho, a director in the office of Manicaland Provincial Affairs minister, Ellen Gwaradzimba was recently stopped from taking over the farm which belongs to Lameck Bvurere by a Chipinge magistrate who needed more time to deliberate on the matter.
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The farm produces macadamia nuts and other horticulture products which are ready for sale as well as potatoes and maize.
Speaking to Zim Morning Post, a worker at the 150-hectare farm, Sarah Jaricha (50), said:
The farm has been vital. I have a decent living through the monthly earnings that I am paid.
We have been working peacefully here and have also managed to sustain our lives through this farm.
We started having problems in 2018 when people send by Machocho ordered us out of the farm.
We are now not happy at all because we will definitely die of hunger if things are allowed to turn in Machocho’s favour.