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    Sunday, 3 July 2016

    Chiwa presents Tongaat land grab report to Mugabe


    – President Mugabe was told of the negative effects of that the planned takeover of 4000 hactres of sugarcane fields from Tongaat Hulett is going to have on chiredzi including the loss of jobs by 2000 workers.
    The position was presented to him during a closed door meeting that he held at Triangle Country Club with 26 legislators from Masvingo Province.
    The Mirror is reliably told that the issue would be deliberated further when the same meeting continues in Harare at a date still to be announced.
    Zanu PF led by the Minister of State for Masvingo, Shuvai Mahofa and the Minister of Lands and Rural Ressettlements, Dr Douglas Mombeshora recently approved and issued out offer letters to 196 new 'farmers' who would take sugarcane plots in the 4 000-hectare sugar estate.
    Sources who attended the closed door meeting said Chiredzi West MP, Darlington Chiwa made a presentation on the issue and told President Mugabe of the disastrous effects of the action.
    He said the workers were not just going to lose their jobs but their children who are receiving free education at various Tongaat-funded schools will lose that opportunity.
    Chiwa is said to have told President Mugabe that it was unfair to destroy the source of income of 2 000 families in order to create opportunities for just 196 people.
    He also told President Mugabe that most of the recipients of the sugarcane plots were from well-to-do families that already have farms elsewhere or they hold sugarcane plots in other parts of Chiredzi.
    Chiwa also told the meeting that Zanu PF politicians were in the habit of abusing Tongaat workers for their own benefit. He alleged that at one time the party received $100 000 from the Zimbabwe Sugar Milling Industry Workers' Union (ZISMIWU) and this amount was squandered by some individuals.
    Apart from concern that fear has gripped business on the effect the takeover of the sugarcane estates will have on Tongaat, the company that is the heartbeat of the economy of the lowveld town.
    Chiwa also accused Mahofa of encouraging Tongaat workers to continue with an industrial strike at the end of last year after telling them that their action had the blessings of President Mugabe.
    Chiwa alleged that Mahofa told workers that President Mugabe wanted them to continue with the strike until their demands were met. Sources said that the allegations shocked President Mugabe and he asked Chiwa who it was that used his name to further the strike.
    Chiwa is said to have pointed at Mahofa. local news
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