Evicted Mugabe ally’s son still waiting to get his farm back - report

The son of an ally of former president Robert Mugabe says he has not yet got his farm back after it was taken over by suspected Zanu-PF youths two months before the July 30 elections, according to a report.

Former army brigadier, Ambrose Mutinhiri, quit Zanu-PF earlier this year to protest the removal of Mugabe, reported the Standard newspaper.  

He was reported to be the leader of a Mugabe-backed political outfit

Mutinhiri, a veteran of the 1970s war against white minority rule, was a provincial affairs minister in Mashonaland.

Mutinhiri resigned from parliament recently, citing the military intervention that pressured 94-year-old Mugabe into stepping down in November as his reason for cutting ties with the ruling Zanu-PF party.

According to NewsDay, Mutinhiri's son Tafara said he was still waiting to get back his six-hectare piece of land in Picaddily, 12km outside Marondera, despite approaching the courts for recourse.

Tafara said he was going to seek an audience with the incoming Mashonaland East provincial affairs minister over the issue.

"The judge claims that my offer letter does not give me rights to the farm. I don’t know what that means.

"I am in the process of going back to court. Moreover, I will see the resident minister for assistance. Those same (the youths) are still at the farm. If they want me out, there should be a legal way of doing it. I cannot farm now. since there are people there. I just drive by here and there and what I see is a boom gate by the entrance and no action."

The ruling Zanu-PF leadership and war veterans in the province held a meeting and resolved that the youths should leave the farm, said the report.

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