'11 besieged white farmers must stay'

HARARE - Chief Chiweshe and Mashonaland Central Province war veterans have thrown their weight behind 11 commercial white farmers facing eviction from their properties.

Centenary white farmer Phillip Rankin, owner of Kingston Deverill Farm and his colleagues are living in fear after veterans of the 70s liberation struggle laid siege at their property. The stress of the siege is tormenting their families

Rankin, whose farm was delisted by the government in 2001, has been suffering constant threats from veterans he believes are being sent by UK-based Sylvester Nyatsuro, who reportedly has an interest in the property.

But Chief Chiweshe and war veterans are in full support of the white farmers.

In a letter seen by the Daily News on Sunday to the president of the Chief’s Council Fortune Charumbira, Chief Chiweshe said the 11 white farmers were fit to remain at their farms.

“May you, president of the Chief’s Council, be aware that I, Chief Chiweshe as the chief of the area have over the past years affirmed that the remaining white farmers have not had any problems with the government’s land reform programme and have worked with the ruling party and local leadership as well as with the community. Hence these individuals are also my subjects,” the letter reads.

“It is my humble submission that being the chief in the area, where the white farmers of whom local war veterans leadership and the community attest of a cordial relationship, bring to your attention with the view of lobbying for a procedural approach to this issue bedevilling my community and leadership.

“Once this is done, harmony will return to my area and development will take place for the good of the local economy and the country at large.”
Of late, the country’s remaining white farmers have joined Zanu PF to save their properties.

They are even gracing Zanu PF rallies, donning the party’s regalia and showering praises to the chief architect of the land reform programme, 91-year-old President Robert Mugabe.

Their safety has always been a cause for concern over the past years as they suffered intermittent threats, which put them at risk of losing their properties.

Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans Association (ZNLWVA), through a letter written by one of its Mashonaland Central members only identified as B Nyemba, also supported the 11 white farmers’ continued stay at the farms, adding that they were living amicably with the community.

“The 11 white Zimbabwean farmers have lived with the local community in a harmonious manner for over 14 years since the start of the land reform programme,” Nyemba’s letter written on behalf of war veterans in Muzarabani District reads.

“We as local leadership of the war veterans in Muzarabani district do hereby write in support of the said farmers to be issued with offer letters so as to protect them from potential future threats of intimidation and extortion.”

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Comments (7)

The pharaoh hates whites and wants them all to be evicted, ethnically cleansed or eliminated. The main big phallus hates whites because he is jealous and envious of them. His melanin saturated colleagues are relatively speaking immoral, unethical and stupid. He hates the frequent comparison between the ethnic groups where his genome always come out last.

Southbay Heat - 29 November 2015

if yu check properly its not warvets invading those farms.Real warvets take instruction from commanders of the struggle.If its warvets ,then hapana nyaya ,just get Ngwena or Chiwenga to issue a directive and they gone.We respect commanders.Cde Mnangagwa,Chiwenga,Shiri,Ruwodo, these men of honour can walk in any soldier or former soldier teritory n get saluted.Their orders are commands,they wil be obeyd,Not any other.So if its warvets ,simple .these men I mentioned can act single handedly,that is if they zanla side.

viola gwena - 30 November 2015

so to chief chiweshe n charumbira,dont wast time.Engage the real men with authority.That will be sorted out coz as VP Ngwena said,we done with invasions ,now its time to stare each other in the eye n deal with corruption.Anyone with an offer letter this day ,issued last year n this yr,corrupt.beware of ngwena stare,or glare,its coming .make no mistake on that,coz its not only ngwena ,its the whole team he leads,liberation commanders.Economy must perform under whatever circumstance,befo 2018.Yu will not derail this,whatever power yu think yu have.Yu will not stop Ngwena from dealing wth the economy.And that we promise to to do the damnest ,to improve this economy.We wont hesitate ,not even for a second ,to deal with sellouts.The economy is our top priority and dont disrupt ngwena.If yu dare,plz goahead and as well we invite yu to do yo damnest ,yu will not succeed.

viola gwena - 30 November 2015

I understand why they want to remove all whites because they have been tormeneted through the media and labelled and given sanctions by them but its not a solution to attack every white man mainly because European whites and americans are fighting you. We have to move with the times and if we want the farm to do it peacefully and pay for the equipment and infrastructure they have put on the farm and relocate them to another area they can use if they still want to farm. Zimbabwe has whites/blacks/colreds/indians e.t.c so ZANU PF must control its drunkards war vetereans. Even when whites took land from us back in the days nguva dzakare they moved us to another area which was not as good as the original one but at least we where moved to somewhere. We can move these guys to areas we are not doing land reform .where will they go ?

tongogara - 1 December 2015

I understand why they want to remove all whites because they have been tormeneted through the media and labelled and given sanctions by them but its not a solution to attack every white man mainly because European whites and americans are fighting you. We have to move with the times and if we want the farm to do it peacefully and pay for the equipment and infrastructure they have put on the farm and relocate them to another area they can use if they still want to farm. Zimbabwe has whites/blacks/colreds/indians e.t.c so ZANU PF must control its drunkards war vetereans. Even when whites took land from us back in the days nguva dzakare they moved us to another area which was not as good as the original one but at least we where moved to somewhere. We can move these guys to areas we are not doing land reform .where will they go ?

tongogara - 1 December 2015

I understand why they want to remove all whites because they have been tormeneted through the media and labelled and given sanctions by them but its not a solution to attack every white man mainly because European whites and americans are fighting you. We have to move with the times and if we want the farm to do it peacefully and pay for the equipment and infrastructure they have put on the farm and relocate them to another area they can use if they still want to farm. Zimbabwe has whites/blacks/colreds/indians e.t.c so ZANU PF must control its drunkards war vetereans. Even when whites took land from us back in the days nguva dzakare they moved us to another area which was not as good as the original one but at least we where moved to somewhere. We can move these guys to areas we are not doing land reform .where will they go ?

tongogara - 1 December 2015

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