War vets attack black farmers in Masvingo


By Tichaona Sibanda

The farming community in Masvingo province has been shocked by attacks on black farmers by suspected war vets.

Tsaurai Stemere’s burnt vehicle (Picture by Southern Eye)
Tsaurai Stemere’s burnt vehicle (Picture by Southern Eye)

One of the farmers, Mufaro Mukaro was struck with an axe to his head and is now in hospital where his condition is described as serious.

According to the Newsday newspaper after the attack, Mukaro was initially admitted at Ndanga District Hospital on Sunday, but was later transferred to Masvingo General Hospital on Monday with the axe still lodged in his head.

The indigenous farmer is one of two attacked on Saturday in a new wave of farm invasions targeting black farm owners. 76 year-old Tsaurai Lawrence Stemere, who owns Sundowns Farm, told the paper he survived the brutal attack on Saturday but his Nissan Twin Cab vehicle was reduced to a shell and his house was set ablaze by the marauding war vets.

Ben Freeth, a farmer and spokesman for the SADC Tribunal Rights Watch, told our Speak Out Padare program on Tuesday the attacks could indicate there are no more white farms to grab.

‘The shift in their modus operandi may be that they have run out of white farms to take, with only a few remaining. The farms they are targeting now were bought in bona fide way back in the 1990’s.

‘It will be interesting to see what will happen to the people carrying out these attacks. When they took our farm, burnt down our houses, took away our crops and tractors, no one was arrested,’ he said.

Contributing to the same program economic analyst Luke Zunga explained that the latest attacks were senseless for a country that is struggling to resuscitate its economy with agriculture as the backbone.

‘Anybody sensible can recognise that agriculture plays a major role in helping rebuild the economy. What is farming on the farms now is lawlessness that will militate against any economic recovery,’ he said. SW Radio Africa

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  • Muchati Bwege

    Dog eat dog economy that’s what we have been reduced to, Varikumusoro varikuti chii nazvo izvi kana topandukirana veganda dema

    • Batonga

      Nhai zvenyu imi, vamwe ndovanoti taakunzi Muthwakhazi, ganda redu rakabvira rakaipa, saka kutamura kusingaperi muZim. Vodada nezvokuba.

  • Hawkeye

    Ndozvazvinoita kana we ganda dema achishandiswa ne murungu. Pamwe a white man was still the owner of the farm using a black man as the front.

    • Muchati Bwege

      Koo kushanda chako cheziya kwakaipei, Manje kupisa ndookugona here? Ngatisakurudzirei zvinhu zvisina maturo. Cheziya chinongodadisa soo kwete zvekubvuta izvo

  • Muchati Bwege

    Signs of the times to come unless something is done

  • Hermann Hanekom

    Not to worry, when they have destroyed everything they will come to South Africa for salvation.

  • Anonymous

    Bring back white rule. Blacks can not self-govern.

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