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Msika summons Mutasa over land offer letters

Augustine Mukaro

VICE-President Joseph Msika last week summoned Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement minister Didymus Mutasa to explain allegations of unprocedural issuan

ce of offer letters and ordered their nullification plus the eviction of beneficiaries of the unapproved offers.

Sources said Msika over-ruled Mutasa’s recent farm allocations to his cronies and top army officials.

The meeting was attended by Minister of State for Special Affairs Responsible for Land and Resettlement Programme Flora Buka, Policy Implementation minister Webster Shamu, Mashonaland West governor Nelson Samkange and Lands ministry permanent secretary Christina Tsvakwi last Wednesday.

Msika ordered Mutasa to implement recommendations of the Mashonaland West provincial leadership to nullify his recent land offer letters and evict all the new beneficiaries allocated farms unprocedurally.

“Msika demanded an instant eviction of new occupiers of Grande Parade and Foliot farms in Karoi, both occupied by senior army officers,” the sources said. “He said cases of the two farms had been resolved a long time ago.”

Brigadier General Nicholus Dube last month forcibly moved onto Grande Parade while Brigadier Mtisi took over Foliot farm.

The sources said Msika also made a special mention of Rydings farm, which has been occupied by a crony of Mutasa, saying disturbances there should stop forthwith.

Mutasa’s personal lawyer Gerald Mlotshwa occupied the farm and took over the school.

“Msika also ordered another instant eviction of Fungai Chaeruka, chairman of the commission running the affairs of Mutare, from Mapetu Farm in Manicaland.”

Chaeruka last week invaded Mapetu Farm in Burma Valley and unfortunately for him, there was an uprising by villagers and resettled farmers in the area, supporting the commercial farmer, Heather Guild, whom they said had a good working relationship with the community.

“Chaeruka refused to move,” one of the sources said. “He produced an offer letter signed by Mutasa but had not gone through the normal procedures. During the wrangle crops worth billions of dollars wilted after Chaeruka’s militia disconnected water supplies,” he said.

Sources in the Karoi area said the evictions of the new occupiers has not yet started even though the directive has been forwarded to Mashonaland West lands committee chairman, Farukai Chikomba, for implementation.

The new occupiers have taken over all the equipment and the tobacco crop which the white farmers had planted.

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