Proton Farm settlers to stay Cde Daniel Garwe

Victor Maphosa

The A1 farmers settled on Proton Farm in Goromonzi, Mashonaland East, will not be evicted as Government has stopped attempts by Mr Terrence Mukupe to sell off the land.

National Housing and Social Amenities Minister Daniel Garwe visited the farm over the weekend where he assured residents that they will not be evicted. 

He was accompanied by the Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution for Mashonaland East Dr Aplonia Munzverengwi and other senior Government and Zanu PF officials.

“I am happy that we have a listening President, who loves his people. He is just. So when you sent me to him with your challenges, he listened. I wrote in detail everything and presented to him and he listened. I told him everything.

“We told him that as a province we do not support these evictions, he listened. The President said people should be protected at all times. And you are protected. So today we are here with this letter from Government, cancelling and reversing Mr Mukupe’s offer letters. As Mashonaland East, we are to ensure that no illegal selling of land is happening here. We must protect our land.”

Dr Munzverengwi, said the illegal selling of land should be condemned and those found doing that should be arrested.

Families at Proton Farm could not hide their joy on hearing that President Mnangagwa had intervened on their case.

“I have been stressed over this issue. Every day I would wake up with the burden of uncertainty of the future weighing heavily on me. Just thinking that one of these days I will be evicted from this place. As I speak, a grader came to my field and all my ground nuts were destroyed — the field is cleared and I am hurt.

“I am happy today and I want to thank him for protecting us,” said one of the farmers who refused to be named.

Ms Marita Chirere said they will now continue to do agricultural activities and contribute to the food security of the nation.

“I am so happy that President Mnangagwa has come to our rescue. We settled in this farm in 2000 and have been farming and sending our produce to the Grain Marketing Board (GMB). Now we are free to stay because we know Government is on our side.

Mr Robert Perato said he had become worried.“We have been here for 23 years and I have a family and from 2016 our lives have been difficult, we have been threatened with eviction. We invested a lot in our plots.  I drilled a solar-powered borehole. I even connected electricity to my plot. So I was hurt just to know that I was about to leave behind my investments.

“Thank you President Mnangagwa for listening to our concerns and addressing them,” he said.

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