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farm workers left homeless after arbitrary eviction
Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR)
October 07, 2013
have been left homeless after a “new farmer” evicted
them from their lodgings following a protest they staged for non-payment
of their wages.
who took over Wakefield Farm in Chegutu, Mashonaland West province
during the government endorsed chaotic and haphazard land grab exercise
teamed up with his family members, some plot holders in the surrounding
farming area and other sympathetic farm workers to conduct the unlawful
eviction during a period preceding the harsh summer season without
a valid court order in violation of Section 74 of the Constitution
of Zimbabwe which provides for freedom from arbitrary eviction.
During the eviction,
some of the families’ property was destroyed as Pambukani
and his militant allies removed some walls and window panes from
their residences thereby exposing their possessions to the elements
and vagaries of nature and harsh weather in clear violation of the
So violent was
the eviction that four farm workers were left hospitalised after
sustaining injuries from the assault meted out on them by Pambukani
and his associates, who used truncheons in battering the employees.
The farm workers
and their families are currently camped in the open along the Harare-Chegutu
highway with their young children and possessions.
Zimbabwe Republic Police on Sunday 06 October 2013 began recording
statements from the farm employees after the workers’ lawyer
Kennedy Masiye from Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights filed a report
at Chegutu Police Station on Saturday 5 October 2013 on behalf of
the eight families. The police had been reluctant in taking action
from an initial report filed at Selous Police Station by the workers.
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