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    Wednesday, 27 December 2017

    100 sugarcane farmers leave CSFAZ

    MORRIS BISHI
    CHIREDZI BUREAU

    CHIREDZI – In what is seen as a political statement influenced by Zanu PF's politics of factionalism, an estimated 100 farmers are said to have resigned from the Commercial Sugarcane Farmers' Association of Zimbabwe (CSFAZ) in protest against the election of Addmore Hwarare as chairman two weeks ago.
    There is a belief that Hwarare belongs to the G40 faction that was aligned to former First Lady Grace Mugabe while those who resigned en-masse are loyal members of Lacoste, a Zanu PF faction linked to President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
    Hwarare confirmed the mass resignations but said that lawyers would soon be taking up the issue as some of the people who are said to have resigned are late. He also said that the procedure taken by the resigning farmers to terminate their subscriptions directly at Tongaat Hullet was unconstitutional.
    Addressing CSFAZ`s council meeting at Palm Tree Place last Friday, Hwarare said he received a letter with names of people who stopped their levy deductions with Tongaat Hullet. He said these farmers must be ashamed for adding names of dead farmers to the list.
    "We received notification to stop levy deduction by several farmers but the procedure they took is unlawful according to our constitution. They should have notified the secretary general in writing before approaching the millers. We will take the lawyer who cited dead people to the High Court over an improper conduct. Some of the members cannot stop deductions since they have debts with the association" said Hwarare.
    Former secretary general Roy Bhila said as a group they are not leaving the association because they are co-owners of the association's assets. He said the move by the farmers was just s protest against the new leadership which he alleged captured the association illegally. He said the group will remain members of the association until things normalise.
    Another former executive member who requested anonymity said the problem is that those who are now in leadership were aligned to the ousted G40 faction and most of those who resigned are aspiring candidates on the Lacoste.
    He said the whole move is political.
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