Farm­ers stage demo against Ka­sukuwere

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Tendai Mu­gabe Harare Bu­reau

ZANU-PF na­tional com­mis­sar Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere, yes­ter­day came un­der fire from over 300 Goromonzi A1 farm­ers who ac­cused him of dou­ble stan­dards and out­right chi­canery af­ter he re­port­edly par­celled out their plots in Chishawasha B for res­i­den­tial set­tle­ment.

The farm­ers yes­ter­day staged a demon­stra­tion Chishawasha B de­nounc­ing Cde Ka­sukuwere.

He is also em­broiled in an­other nasty scan­dal in­volv­ing rig­ging of Zanu-PF pri­mary elec­tions in Norton that re­sulted in the revo­lu­tion­ary party be­ing de­feated by Mr Temba Mliswa.

This also comes at a time when thou­sands of Zanu-PF youths who were al­lo­cated stands in Norton have lost the land af­ter Govern­ment con­ceded that it was a pri­vate prop­erty be­long­ing to Ma­parahwe Prop­erty (Pvt) Ltd.

The land in Chishawasha B was al­legedly sold to Prophetic Heal­ing and De­liv­er­ance Min­istries leader Prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya while part of it was dished out to Cde Ka­sukuwere’s side-kicks.

Cde Ka­sukuwere is on record as say­ing that all trans­ac­tions re­lat­ing to Chishawasha B were can­celled.

The A1 farm­ers yes­ter­day said it was not only il­le­gal for Cde Ka­sukuwere to al­lo­cate that land for res­i­den­tial stands, but also in­hu­man to take it be­cause they were the right­ful own­ers.

They pro­duced of­fer let­ters signed by Goromonzi district ad­min­is­tra­tor a Mr H Man­dizvidza and district lands of­fi­cer a Mr WF Bika in 2010.

The of­fer let­ters in pos­ses­sion of at least 315 A1 farm­ers, showed that they were legally al­lo­cated six hectare plots in Chishawasha B for farm­ing pur­poses. Chishawasha B falls un­der Goromonzi Ru­ral District. Cde Nhamo Jeke who is the chair­woman of Grace Mu­gabe district in Chishawasha B, said they be­lieved that Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe was not aware of what was hap­pen­ing in their area and the cul­prits were concealing the in­for­ma­tion .

“It is our hum­ble ap­peal that the Pres­i­dent should in­ter­vene in this mat­ter,” she said. “We strongly be­lieve that there are some peo­ple who are ly­ing to him be­cause we are not il­le­gal oc­cu­pants of this land as we are in pos­ses­sion of the rel­e­vant pa­per­work. We are re­ceiv­ing re­ports through the me­dia that this farm was sold to (Prophet) Ma­gaya and other peo­ple. Where does (Cde) Ka­sukuwere want us to go? I fail to un­der­stand the logic be­hind dish­ing out all the land to­wards res­i­den­tial stands as if peo­ple do not want to eat.

“We de­liver maize ev­ery year to Grain Mar­ket­ing Board de­pot in Msasa and we feel by that, we are mak­ing mean­ing­ful con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of our coun­try. Now we in have joined the Govern­ment’s Com­mand Agri­cul­ture scheme but our fu­ture is un­cer­tain be­cause we are al­ways threat­ened with evic­tion.”

An­other A1 farmer in the area Cde Nyasha Nyawasha, said if Prophet Ma­gaya paid money to Cde Ka­sukuwere, he should find other ways of re­cov­er­ing it.

She said they had been pay­ing money for land per­mits since they were given of­fer let­ters, but that had stopped soon af­ter re­ports that the land was now ear­marked for res­i­den­tial stands.

“We were again left out of the on­go­ing land au­dit be­cause of those re­ports,” she said. “One other dis­turb­ing thing is that youths from Harare are the ones who are also ex­pected to ben­e­fit from res­i­den­tial stands in this area as if we do not have youths here. What is spe­cial about the peo­ple from Harare?”

Cde Por­shia Khu­malo who is also a ben­e­fi­ciary in Chis­hazwasha B said: “Cde Ka­sukuwere is killing the party. How are we go­ing to mo­bilise the youths to sup­port Zanu-PF when ev­ery­one else is al­ways threat­ened with ex­pul­sion from the party?

“We are also bona fide ci­ti­zens and we feel we should be treated as equal ci­ti­zens.”

Cde Nhamo Kazembe who is the Grace Mu­gabe district sec­re­tary for ad­min­is­tra­tion said: “We have been stay­ing here for the past 16 years and we were given of­fer let­ters in 2010. Farm­ing is our em­ploy­ment and if they evict us from this farm as they are threat­en­ing to do they will be push­ing us into the streets. How do they ex­pect us to fend for our fam­i­lies?”

The farm­ers said they were re­ceiv­ing sup­port from their MP Cde Paddy Zhanda, but de­vel­op­ments from Cde Ka­sukuwere’s of­fice were wor­ry­ing.

They said they had also knocked on sev­eral Govern­ment of­fices seek­ing as­sis­tance but to no avail.

Pres­i­dent Mu­gabe

Cde Saviour Ka­sukuwere

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