Zanu PF youths target Mujuru ally's farm

HARARE - Zanu PF youths yesterday besieged a Bindura farm belonging to former ambassador Agrippa Mutambara, who is now a member of the Joice Mujuru-led Zimbabwe People First (ZPF), baying for his blood.

They were apparently angered by the fact that he is now backing an opposition party.

Mutambara, a retired brigadier general, told the Daily News in a telephone interview that his farm known as Shangere was besieged by rowdy youths whom he suspected to have been dispatched by the Zanu PF top leadership from 6am to 1300hrs.

“Zanu PF youths came to my farm saying they were sent by (Zanu PF Mashonaland Central province chairperson Dickson) Mafios and (Zanu PF national political commissar Saviour) Kasukuwere to take the farm.

“They said the farm belongs only to Zanu PF members and they only left after their ring leaders were taken by the police,” said Mutambara.

When he was asked to comment about the youths’ claims that they had been sent by him, Mafios, who is related to Kasukuwere, said he was in a meeting.

But as dozens of high-profile former Zanu PF officials cross the floor to join former vice president Mujuru and her political outfit, the Daily News also learnt that more such invasions are in the offing as the governing party seeks to strike fear in would-be deserters.

Mutambara said what is now unravelling is the clearest indication that democracy is dead in Zanu PF and also that the governing party brooks no dissent even from “those they shared the trenches with”.

Quoting the youths, Mutambara said they were singing bastardised liberation war struggle songs and heaping praises on Mugabe as the sole owner of the land between Zambezi and Limpopo rivers.

“This is the true face of Zanu PF and this is why I left Zanu PF, they want to win by forcing people to do as they like, this is very sad, they say the farm belongs to Gushungo (Mugabe) but he was our president and never participated in the liberation war, we are the ones who were on the forefront and this is indeed shocking,” said Mutambara.

One of the reasons why Mujuru and her allies broke ranks with Zanu PF is the idolisation of 92-year-old Mugabe who is given demigod status by his toady followers.

And the invasion of Mutambara’s farm also vindicated opposition claims that the ad hoc land reform programme benefited mostly Zanu PF supporters — with those of divergent views being sidelined or as of now risking to lose their farms.

Narrating the stand-off, Mutambara said as soon as he officially announced that he would be joining ZPF, he got wind of plans to grab his farm by his disenchanted comrades who felt he had betrayed the struggle.

“I am at the farm now, the police came and apprehended the ring leaders and when they came back they said they will return before end of the week and take the farm,” said Mutambara.

Asked how his farm labourers reacted when the youths arrived, Mutambara said since he had been forewarned, the workers anticipated the invasion.

“Our workers were expecting this, most of them were in Zanu PF before and they also joined me when I left.

“I had warned them that invaders would come. Some days ago I heard that they were plans to invade my farm so I was prepared,” said Mutambara.

Comments (10)

I can't say I'm happy with what these brainless "youths" are doing but I feel that those that have decided to part ways with ZPF must surrender all material benefits and start their lives cleanly without any left-over burdens which can be reasons to be black-mailed in future. This will also show whether one has truly left ZPF or not.

Sagitarr - 31 March 2016

Cde Mutambara, its sad that you are now saying Cde Mugabe " never participated in the liberation war", claiming that you are the ones who were on the forefront and this is indeed shocking,” I am actually shocked and baffled by the fact that you said a complete opposite of your claims in your book " The rebel in me" . Politics of patronage is no good for any principled citizen. Have you repented or its now a question of bad fellows falling out?

Mlovshto - 31 March 2016

"They said the farm belongs only to Zanu PF members and they only left after their ring leaders were taken by the police.” I pity the fools who think Mugabe's disastrous land grab was about undoing the wrongs of the past and providing economic freedom to the majority. It was a mere exercise in the tried and tested path of zanu cronyism. The recipient of such favours are always on notice should they fall out of favour. A transparent & thorough land audit in our life time please and weed out all the political hangers on.

Galore 123 - 31 March 2016

Do you really see how bad ZANU PF is? Then how can people genuinely invest on land they were given when at any one time you part ways with the party the land is also taken. Where did your Mugabe got land from. This is total madness even those who were given stands in towns will be taken saying they are Mugabe's stands. It really shows how shallow minded ZANU PF leaders are. We have been on the land since 2000 and just because there is Mai Mujuru and her party the land is taken away. Most of the lazy ZANU PF leaders will target our plots or farms and say we are for ZimPF for them to be able to take our plots like they did from the whites. Ladies and gentleman this is going too far. People will always live in great fear as long as ZANUPF remains in power. It may mean people temporarily stop any investments on the farms till Mugabe is gone.

Zvinorwadza - 31 March 2016

Thugs leave Cde Patimirepakashata alone!

buster - 31 March 2016

It is true that Zanu Pf will take away your farms as soon as you leave the party. Which just goes to show how chaotic the land invasions were. Sagitarr has a point that those disaffected should give back those farms as a symbol of them distancing themselves from this evil regime. You will get it back after the 2018 elections when Zanu has been dislodged.

Zanu at it again - 31 March 2016

Good people of Zimbabwe this is truly becoming interesting. Huku yava kudya mazai ayo. I like it when liberation war veterans are victimised by those they supposedly fought with in the trenches. I am thrilled to say the least, for then and only then are they able to see Zanu PF for what it has turned out to be, A HOOLIGAN PARTY. It is them, the war vets, who can make a difference when such barbaric acts, which they used to close their eyes on, happen under their nose. This kind of rude awakening is what the war vets need for them to realise that the path which Zanu PF has taken us and is taking us is not what they fought for. NGAVA DZOKERE MA YOUTHS ACHO. Though I sympathize with the brigadier, I am thrilled, I tell you. WAAU!

Icho - 1 April 2016

the land reform was irregular in the first place. so the threat to evict the soldier is just one wrong turn after the first wrong of grabbing the farm in 1999. the soldier grabbed the farm and the whiteman wailed, now the farm is being grabbed from the soldier, he is also wailing. what a thrill when rhobhati is creating a country of wailers!

SaManyika Chaiye - 1 April 2016

zanu pf farms indeed

Harare - 1 April 2016

He is just getting what the White farmers got in the past. I have no sympathy for him.

An ex White Zimbabwian - 1 April 2016

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