War vet farm invaded

Suspected Zanu PF Youth Invade War Veterans Leader's Farm

VOA News

10 August 2016

Some youth believed to be suspected Zanu PF supporters have invaded Garowa Farm Number 8 in Tengwe, Mashonaland West province, owned by the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association’s secretary-general Victor Matemadanda.

Matemadanda was recently arrested for being part of a group of former freedom fighters that wrote a scathing communique after a meeting in Harare claiming that President Robert Mugabe is to blame for Zimbabwe’s current social, economic and political problems.

He said told Studio 7 that the 60 youth invaded the farm on Saturday allegedly under the instructions of Hurungwe North Zanu PF Member of Parliament, Sarah Mahoka, who has declared to clampdown on anyone that criticizes the president.

Mahoka and Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo were not available for comment as their mobile phones were unreachable.

Matemadanda confirmed that his farm has been raided by the youth though Mashonaland West police spokesperson Inspector Clemence Mabgweazara could not shed light on the issue.

Matemadanda claimed that police have failed to deal with the invaders, adding that it is unfortunate that the farm is being used to settle personal and political scores.

He said what the youth are doing is an indication that the land reform program is not for ordinary Zimbabweans but for Zanu PF members only.

Zanu PF political commissar Saviour Kasukuwere recently told a party meeting in Karoi that his party would take back farms of people who abandon the former liberation movement like recalled Zanu PF Hurungwe West Member of Parliament, Temba Mliswa.

Matemadanda and most of his colleagues that include war veterans spokesperson Douglas Mahiya are on $300 bail pending trial for undermining President Mugabe after they issued a communique calling the president to step down.

Most of the war veterans boycotted the main event to mark Heroes Day in Harare yesterday, which was addressed by President Mugabe.