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    ‘We will use force against Mahofa farmers’


    Zanu PF youths who met at Rufaro Hall in Chiredzi last week have warned new farmers who continue to occupy sugarcane plots owned by Tongaat Hulett after President Mugabe ordered them out that they will be removed by force.
    President Mugabe recently declared to legislators from Masvingo that it was unlawful for any farmer to invade sugarcane fields owned by Tongaat Hulett.
    He said this was because the South African company was protected by Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA) between the two countries.
    However, the Minister of State for Masvingo, Shuvai Mahofa recently urged the more than 200 farmers who were allocated plots on a Tongaat estate measuring 4 000 hectares to stay put as there was no official communication to support what President Mugabe said in public.
    Zanu PF Masvingo provincial youth chairperson Norbert Ndaarombe said after the meeting that those Ministers who are urging farmers to defy President Mugabe are the same people who have joined a camp that is trying to unconstitutionally push Mugabe out of power.
    "Be warned that the youth are the vanguard of the party. We are not going to allow those who are rebelling against the President to defy his positions. Those who are still on Tongaat land must take heed that we will soon use force to remove them," said Ndaarombe.
    One key concern of Masvingo MPs who took the matter to President Mugabe is that 2 000 Tongaat workers are going to lose their jobs once the estate is taken over by the new farmers.
    However, Mahofa and Dr Douglas Mombeshora who is the Minister of Lands and Resettlement seemed unmoved by the impending job losses.
     "What we are saying as youths in Masvingo province is very clear. President Mugabe said people should move out of Tongaat Hulett fields but we learn with disappointment that some Ministers are defying him. These Ministers are part of a group calling in an unconstitutional manner for the removal of the President.  We are coming to evict all who are in those fields and it is better for them to heed our call and leave because if they don't we will assist them to do that anytime from now.
    "We want the creation of jobs but these people are sabotaging Government by risking 2 000 jobs," said Ndaarombe.
    Provincial Chairperson Amasa Nenjana assured Tongaat workers at the meeting that there was no one who was going to lose their job as a result of the planned take-over of land by Mahofa.Top story news
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