Didymus Mutasa and Temba Mliswa leading fresh wave of farm invasions

HARARE – Former Lands and Land Resettlement minister, Didymus Mutasa, and former Rugby player Temba Mliswa have been fingered as the "President's office" agents provocateurs in the on-going fresh wave of farm invasions.\r\n

Documents in possession of RadioVOP indicate that Mutasa, now Minister of State in the President’s Office, allegedly heads an active group known as the Land Inspectorate Commission and is assisted in the latest invasions by Temba Mliswa, the Mashonaland West secretary for Lands.

The revelations are contained in a 40-page report on the latest farm invasions presented to Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on March 27 by the Commercial Farmers Union of Zimbabwe (CFU).

“What has become very evident from the reports coming in is that there is a very active group which we understand is called the Land Commission, allegedly headed by the previous Minister of Lands, Minister Mutasa,” reads part of the CFU report.

The reports states that from 6 February 2009 onwards the Attorney General Johannes Tomana and Ministry of Lands, held workshops around the country and basically instructed magistrates, prosecutors, police and land officials to fast-track prosecution of remaining farmers.

“It would appear that this is to make way for immediate occupation by persons in favour of the ZANU PF party and many of these new beneficiaries are alleged to have been involved in the recent political violence,” said the report.

The CFU went on to plead with the Prime Minister’s Office to call for a moratorium on the prosecution of white farmers.