Hundreds homeless in renewed Zimbabwe farm invasions

Zimbabwe farm invasionsFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – SOME 120 families have been left homeless and their properties destroyed during a fresh wave of hostile takeovers of farms east of Zimbabwe.
The displacements at Lesbury Farm follow recent rallies by youth of President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu-PF where members are on record saying whites should leave farms so party youths in the Manicaland province can take over.
Human rights organisations said the farm was the latest taken over violently in the sudden sprouting of farm invasions that are a culmination of hate speech by the militant youth.
Mugabe has recently denounced the takeover of farms but appears losing grip of the party amid factionalism.
The Zimbabwe Peace Project said violations revolved around preparations for the presidential youth interface rallies, Heroes Day commemorations, upcoming by-elections, continued barring of students from attending classes, harassment of vendors and discrimination during food aid distribution.
The violations have spiked during preparations for watershed elections scheduled for 2018 when Zanu-PF and Mugabe, in control since independence in 1980, face their biggest threat to power.
The usually peaceful Manicaland has been a hotspot for political turbulence blamed on the ruling party.
Political rights, right to information, freedom of trade and association, property rights, right to food and education have been violated across the provincial capital Mutare and surrounding areas as people are forced to contribute money towards rallies, shut down businesses or attend rallies against their will.
Vendors are caught between party bigwigs forcing them to close down their market stalls and attend rallies. Municipal police accused of partisanship to government have also wantonly raided vending bays during the unpredictable times.
In the Midlands province, the run up to the Chiwundura by-election has been volatile with opposition party supporters decrying intimidation.
There have been allegations starving opposition supporters were denied food aid.
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