Mugabe is aware of farm invasions — Dabengwa

BULAWAYO - Dumiso Dabengwa, the opposition Zapu president,  has said President Robert Mugabe is much aware of the on-going farm invasions in Matabeleland but for reasons best known to himself, is not doing anything.

Dabengwa, whose Ruddy Farm in Nyamandlovu was recently invaded by Zanu PF youths, claimed in an interview with the Daily News yesterday that the latest spate of fresh farm invasions had the blessings from the highest office in the land. The Daily News could not independently verify these claims.

Bulawayo City Council-owned Mazwi Sanctuary was last month grabbed by Zanu PF youths, who have since camped in the land. Early this month, Ray Ndhlukula, deputy chief secretary in the office of the President and Cabinet, invaded Dartnelly Farm owned by David Connolly, which is about 45 kilometres south west of Bulawayo.

However, invaders at Dabengwa’s farm have since retreated in unclear circumstances.

“Obviously, President Mugabe is aware of what is happening and if he wants he can put a stop on the invasions,” Dabengwa said. “Mugabe reads newspapers every day and is apprised of what is happening by his ministers in their meetings including the politburo.

“He is a national leader who has got the power to intervene when he wants.”

The Zapu leader said he was astonished on why no action had been taken against the invaders yet the new Constitution outlaws such action.

Dabengwa, a former Home Affairs minister, said “I won’t seek any audience with him.”

“If need be, we will take it upon ourselves as Zapu to defend anyone who was legally given land in Matabeleland region,” he said.

He said he was surprised by the “deliberate targeting” of farms in Matabeleland.

“People in the region are obviously angered and that should be corrected quickly before that anger escalates into something else, which is unfortunate,” he said. Dabengwa, who was known as the “Black Russian” during the liberation struggle, claimed Zanu PF bigwigs were persecuting him.

“They are persecuting me because they are saying Dabengwa is not compliant when others like Joshua Nkomo, Simon Khaya Moyo, John Land-Nkomo and Kembo Mohadi have been compliant.  It’s only me who is a rebel in the region and I have to be dealt with. Unfortunately, I am sorry that won’t be possible,” he said.

Comments (12)

Why are we so blindly moving into another Shona/Ndebele conflict? The president is too old to rule. Lots of people are doing what they want because there is no presidential control of matters of state. Even in his own party, he has lost control. As chief executive of the party, he should have been getting regular briefings on what the organizational things are in the youth and women's league conferences. But he was surprised when there was no food or any accounting for the chaos at both conferences. This is a sad state of affairs for our country and for the region.

Chenjerai Hove - 20 August 2014

@Chenjerai Hove Where is the Ndebele/Shona conflict here? I thought the article is clear - its about ZANU PF, its government versus Matebeleland/Mthwakazi. Unless you want to tell us that ZANU PF/Mugabe/Government are representative of the Shona people - then thats news to many of us; we didnt know!

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aqua - 20 August 2014

I support Dabengwa that Robert is old and can not control this country however I know that he doesn't have people in his political party to say he will fight Mugabe unless he swallow his pride and join the MDCT party led by Dr Tsvangirai then we can talk of grassroots support.

charles moyo - 20 August 2014

We all know that Mugabe is bringing people from outside Matebeleland to take farms in the region and also increase the number of his voters in this region which never vote for his party every election time. These people have nothing to do with farming because they are not farmers but political idiots . Rigging for next elections is in progress its up to us the citizens to halt it .

Diibulaanyika - 20 August 2014

Mugabe would not be able to stop to farm invasions even if he wanted to.

david taylor - 20 August 2014

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GALLERYCARTRIDGES - 21 August 2014

Don't waste your breadth Dumiso, Mugabe is president in name only. He is totally out of control and incapable of controlling anything or anyone anymore.

Johno - 21 August 2014

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