Thousands of people are now sleeping in the open after they were evicted from Crest Breeders Farm in Harare South last Friday, NewsDay Zimbabwe reports.
The evictees who allege to have received eviction notices on 26 July are former Crest Breeders employees who joined the poultry producer four decades ago.
There is a legal battle between Crest Breeders International and Langford Estates Private Limited which is allegedly planning to turn the whole farm into residential stands, which will cost US$25 000.
When NewsDay visited the area, some of the evictees were still stranded and others had secured lodgings at nearby houses in Ushewokunze Phase Four. The lodgings cost US$20 per room.
Locadia Nyambo, a married woman living with two children spoke to NewsDay Zimbabwe:
We were not fairly evicted because we were given short notice. We were told to leave in the morning and we thought they were joking. They came and removed us. No one was harmed but our property was destroyed.
We don’t have anywhere to go. We now live at my friend’s house, but there is still no structure there.
She added that some senior Zanu-PF officials in the area visited them on Friday morning promising to assist them.
Another evictee Cardonia Zambezi, who joined Crest Breeders in 1996 said they had slept outside and had just found places to go and stay temporarily where they are charged US$20 per room. She added:
It’s very difficult because I earn around US$1,50 every day from sorting tobacco at Boka Auction Floors. My kids at Crest Breeders Primary School are not under the Basic Education Assistance Module (BEAM).
Zambezi said she was surprised when they were evicted because ZANU PF party leaders had approached their MP, Tongai Mnangagwa in an effort to stop the evictions.