Monday, July 08, 2013

(NEWZIMBABWE) Villagers in court for invading State farm
02/07/2013 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter

COMMENT - Oh yes, the 'Africans as destructive farmers' myth, regurgitated by this MDC slave. I guess we are going to get more MDC articles during election time, at This article is of course woefully short on detail. Who were these villagers, what was their relation to this land, who called the police on them, etc. Context, as it is called. - MrK

A GROUP of nine villagers have appeared in court charged with illegally invading a State-owned farm in Umzingwane District and wreaking havoc on the property as they allocated themselves farming plots and housing stands.

The nine villagers, from Mbalabala farming area appeared before Esigodini magistrate Lungile Ncube on Tuesday after they tried to take over Mziki farm without following laid down procedures. They however pleaded not guilty and were remanded in custody to Wednesday.

Prosecutor Eric Murinye said the villagers invaded the farm at the start of last month and proceeded to allocate themselves plots, in the process cutting down trees and burning vegetation as they prepared to build their homes.

The court heard that the farm had in fact been allocated to the 35-member Phambililokuthula Cooperative under the government’s land reform programme.

The case was reported to the police at the end of last month leading the arrest of the nine villagers.

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