Farmer claims he’s being intimidated for being MDC

Pishai Muchauraya said it is the usual modus operandi from ZANU PF to intimidate and threaten MDC-T supporters ahead of a crucial poll expected next year

By Tichaona Sibanda
05 November 2012

An MDC-T branch chairman in Makoni South said his farm has been illegally occupied, as punishment for supporting Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s party.

Clever Maramba told SW Radio Africa on Monday that senior ZANU PF officials in Makoni district have vowed he will not get his property back unless he ditches MDC-T and joins the former ruling party.

His four-hectare farm at Mutanda resettlement scheme was last week taken over by Muringani, a ZANU PF activist who masquerades as a war vet. Maramba said Muringani was being used by certain individuals out to fix him for being MDC-T.

Maramba has since filed a complaint with the police and the Makoni rural district council. Council officials promised they would visit the farm on Thursday to carry out investigations.

‘Before they come this Thursday they asked me to purchase a permit worth $205 that shows I’m the owner of the family. Right now I’m in Rusape trying to sort out the paper work.

‘I have no faith in the system because these ZANU PF people have no respect for authority, they will simply ignore the documents and refuse to vacate the farm,’ Maramba said.

The MDC-T MP for the area, Pishai Muchauraya said it is the usual modus operandi from ZANU PF to intimidate and threaten their supporters ahead of a crucial poll expected next year.

‘As I said before I strongly condemn this abuse of human rights and call on ZANU PF to stop invading people’s properties simply because they do not subscribe to their scorched earth policies.

‘They have ruined the agriculture sector and you just wonder why they still need more land which they have failed to utilise after their disastrous land reform program,’ Muchauraya said.



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