Ncube-led MDC blasts farm invasions

BULAWAYO - The smaller MDC led by Welshman Ncube last week lashed out at Zanu PF for its renewed invasions of black-owned farms.

This follows the recent invasion of Zapu president Dumiso Dabengwa’s Rudy Farm in Umguza district by Zanu PF youths.

The Bulawayo City Council-owned Mazwi Sanctuary was last week also grabbed by Zanu PF youths, who have since laid siege to the land.

Nhlanhla Dube the smaller MDC national spokesperson, claimed the latest invasions in Matabeleland were part of Zanu PF’s grand plan to marginalise the region.

“We are however, shocked at the party’s audacity to invade the farm of a national liberation hero of the status of Dabengwa and more so, barely a week before the annual Heroes commemorations,” Dube said.

“If this is Zanu PF’s way of honouring the country’s liberation war heroes and heroines, dead and living, then it has once again been brought to the attention of Zimbabweans that the only heroes they will honour are Zanu PF heroes.”

Dube said the latest action was an insult to a man who helped to liberate Zimbabwe from the shackles of white minority rule. He said besides deserving respect because of his war exploits as a Zipra intelligence supremo, Dabengwa bought the farm unlike other Zanu PF chefs who grabbed their choice farms from white commercial farmers.

“And even more infuriating is the lackadaisical attitude of the State-sponsored police in dealing with these social miscreants belonging to Zanu PF,” Dube said. “Where does Mugabe’s party draw the line if Zanu PF has the guts to shame, scorn and dehumanise a liberation war hero of Dabengwa’s calibre?”

He said his party was appalled by the impunity and free reign that Zanu PF members are being given over other people’s land.

“It is time Zanu PF realised that Zimbabwean land is not Zanu PF land and as such any Zimbabwean regardless of party affiliation, race or ethnic background has a right to own land,” Dube said.

“We therefore condemn this barbaric act with the contempt it deserves and demand that the Zanu PF ‘Red Guards’ who broke into Dabengwa’s farm be brought to book.”

However, while this entire disturbance is taking place, Zanu PF has since distanced itself from the invasions, claiming they were not authorised.

Comments (5)

Oh my, had forgotten about that MDC. So many MDCs. They should make their own Phone Directory. he he he

taps - 11 August 2014

Kutungamira kwasahwira wangu ndiko kurikukonzera kutsemuka kwemusangano iwoyu. Munhu wacho haadi kuteerera vamwe. Anotaridza kuva power hungry. Kumuti 'shamwari, tenderawo vamwe vaendese musangano mberi' iye anoti 'kwete basa handisati ndapedza' basa haripedzwi nemunhu one otherwise angadai akawana rakapedzwa kare nevakamutangira kare kare. Anenge asinawo succession plan as well. Ndimukoma handiende.

taurai - 11 August 2014

Shouldn't this be a red flag to financial institutions who may be interested in financing farming operations? The person who you advanced a loan may not be there by the time you go back to get your money back!

Col - 11 August 2014

Ncube's farm is next.

perepete - 11 August 2014

Politicians and people who were born after 1980 or were infants around that time should not write or talk about the “liberation struggle”. Only people who were working adults in Rhodesia can authoritatively write or talk about the politics of the 1960s and 1970s. MDC spokesperson Nhlanhla Dube writes about “a man who helped to liberate Zimbabwe from the shackles of white minority rule” when he was born after 1980 and knows nothing about the events in Rhodesia other than hearsay. He should simply say it is wrong to invade farms and not talk of “liberation”. In March 2012 Nhlanhla Dube was interviewed by the Chronicle and this is what he had to say “My grandparents were active members of Zapu therefore the politics of the liberation struggle, black emancipation anti-colonialism/imperialism and racial subjugation from the Zapu perspective had a major bearing in my thoughts”. All based on what Nhlanhla Dube was told by his grandparents in the Reserves which is not true at all. The fighting by Zanu and Zapu has no connection whatsoever with bringing about black rule in this country. Those in Zanu and Zapu will never tell you that their fighting come to nothing, will they? They will trot out the usual FICTION that “Ian Smith was forced to the negotiating table by the fighting” - nothing of the sort happened. It was the ordinary people's votes which got Zanu into power after Muzorewa's reign. This is the part Zanu and Zapu want to airbrush out of history. You will always hear or read the lies that “We defeated Smith” but they will not say where or when. Why should we tell our grandchildren lies when we know the true history?

Musona - 11 August 2014

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