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CIO operative grabs farm, $8 billion crops

Roadwin Chirara

THE owners of Ezulwini Farm, registered under a family trust in the Troutbeck area of Nyanga, have been evicted from the remaining 25-hectares of their property by a Central Intelligence Orga

nisation operative.

Ezulwini Farm was subdivided into 80 plots at the height of the land invasions in 2000, leaving its previous owners with 25 hectares. The property has crops estimated at over $8 billion.

The Fields family, previous owners of Ezulwini Farm, has five hectares under timber valued at $3 billion, four hectares of apples with an estimated value of $3 billion and four hectares of potatoes worth $2 billion.

The farm exports cut flowers and blackberries worth close to 300 000 euros.

Among immovable properties on the farm are eight holiday cottages and a homestead.

Mike Nyakatawa, a CIO operative, allegedly moved onto the farm house on Wednesday night after a group of youths who had been camping on the farm evicted the Fields family. The farm is not listed for acquisition.

The Fields family has taken refuge on a neighbouring farm.

Nyakatawa allegedly made numerous visits to the farm in the company of the Nyanga district administrator, a Mr Mondeta, and ordered the Fields to leave. Nyakatawa and Mondeta ordered a group of Zanu PF youths to camp on the farm until the owners left.

Last week the farm manager was attacked by the youths after he ordered them out because they were disrupting production.

“The situation is tense as we speak. The farm manager is badly injured and no production is taking place. They have disrupted production,” said a farmer in the area who declined to be named, fearing victimisation.

“We all know they are after the export crops on the farm considering they will be ready in a few weeks’ time,” he said.

Manicaland governor and resident minister Tineyi Chigudu last week denied any knowledge of fresh farm invasions in the province.

“There are no invasions taking place as far as I know. People are misinformed about what is going on. These are people who were offered land during the distribution and have now decided to take up their plots,” Chigudu said.

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