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Illegal settlers invade Chiyangwa’s citrus farm

By Mutsa Makuvaza

BUSINESSMAN and Zanu-PF legislator for Zvimba South Philip Chiyangwa has had his 3 467 hectare citrus farm near Chinhoyi invaded by over 150 illegal settlers who are already cutting down trees and clearing land for farming.

While land invasions have been happening sporadically in recent years, it has been very rare that farms of current top Zanu-PF officials get invaded.

“The illegal settlers remain on  the farm in defiance of a recent court order and are building structures and clearing land in preparation for the 2020-21 farming season,” Chiyangwa told State-owned media.

“We have taken the matter to the courts and the invaders have been served with notices of vacation.

“A security company dealing with the invaders will help remove the invaders from the farm,” he added.

No comment could be obtained from the ZanuPF leadership in Mashonaland West Province.

Last month, white farmer Martin Grobler was evicted from a farm in Ruwa which has been the subject of court battles after it was gazettedn over 17 years ago.

A senior official in the agriculture ministry was allocated Protea farm and evicted Mr. Grobler after many years trying to occupy the farm properly.

The disturbances at Protea Farm come when the government in August announced it would pay US$3.5 billion to farmers mainly white whose land was expropriated by the State during the chaotic land reform programme of the early 2000s.

An estimated 4 500 white-owned properties and others protected under government-to-government agreements were affected by the lans reform programme.

Several farms that were protected under the Bilateral Investment Protection Agreements (BIPPA) belonged to nations including the UK, SA, Australia, the Netherlands, and Denmark. – Zimbabwe Voice

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