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left homeless after attacks in Mash West
Peace Project (ZPP)
November 22, 2010
families have been rendered homeless following a wave of attacks
in Mashonaland West Province in Mhangura over the last two weeks
in what is suspected to be a politically motivated aggravation on
from Gambuli Farm now known as Masveta Village are now staying in
the mountains after they have been subjected to a series of attacks
on their homes by well known Zanu PF supporters who are alleged
to be moving in the company of uniformed police officers.
Some of the
villagers now spend their days in the mountains and only come back
to the village to sleep in the roofless huts. Only two homesteads
belonging to Zanu PF supporters were spared.
A well known
Zanu PF supporter and headman from the nearby farm known as Mesmar
has been reported to be moving around the farms in the company of
police officers and a group of the party's youth league demanding
offer letters from villagers. Failure to produce the offer letters
has resulted in the villagers' houses being razed to ground
while others burn the thatched roofs of the huts.
In a Murambatsvina-style
destruction that has left many villagers shocked, the group at times
asks the victims to destroy their own houses. Some of the houses
have been left with only walls while others have been razed to the
attacks were witnessed during the first week of this month when
it is alleged Headman Chambati, his secretary who was only identified
as Mate, 2 police officers, 3 prison officers and a group of youths
visited the village and ordered all the villagers without offer
letters to leave the farm.
Some of the
affected villagers said they were forced to destroy their properties
and those who tried to resist the move were severely beaten up including
the headman of the village only identified as Manhenga.
The police officers
allegedly fired gunshots in the air to threaten the villagers, according
to the villagers who are now traumatized following the attacks.
have moved in with their relatives in other villages while some
sold their beasts at $100 each and left the area out of desperation.
The villagers said their farming season has been greatly affected
by the forced evictions as others had tobacco seedlings which were
ready for transplanting.
The children of the victims are not attending school as it is located
at Mesmar for fear of victimisation. The situation has reportedly
spread to other farms such as Mtunzi, Baruka, and Chess. The villagers
moved to stay on the farms at the height of the farm invasions in
2000 led by war veterans and Zanu PF officials.
were reported at Chemagamba Rural Police Station in Chinhoyi but
no one has been arrested.
veterans' leader Jabulani Sibanda has returned to Masvingo
Province and continued with his campaign rallies in Chiredzi on
Thursday, December 18, 2010.
a meeting at Chiredzi Primary School where he harassed and threatened
the people into supporting Zanu PF. He warned the villagers that
if Zanu PF loses in the next elections there will be more violence
than that which was experienced in 2008. The war veterans'
leader was in Bikita and Zaka during the month of October where
he held several meetings in the company of local traditional leaders
urging villagers to support only Zanu PF.
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