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Police, soldiers attack white farmers in #Zimbabwe

Cape Town – Zimbabwe’s Commercial Farmers Union (CFU) has reportedly urged its members to be on high alert following reports that a gang in police and military uniform is attacking white farmers in the Midlands and Masvingo provinces.

A New Zimbabwe.com report quoted CFU director Hendrick Olivier as urging white commercial farmers to tighten their security after reports of attacks in Gweru and Mwenezi.

In a letter written to union members, Olivier said the latest incident involved a farmer and his wife who were attacked on their farm in the Mwenezi/Ngundu area at midnight over the weekend. The couple was assaulted and robbed.

“Please be on the lookout for three criminals who were seen driving away from the scene in a dark coloured Toyota Ipsum vehicle. One was dressed in a brown police uniform with a cap; another was dressed in the blue police uniform and the third was dressed in camouflage [army],” Olivier was quoted as saying.

Strategic economic importance

According to Southern Eye, another attack occurred last weekend in Gweru and was linked to the same group.

The affected farmers had reported the matter to the police.

This comes a few weeks after reports said a Zimbabwean soldier was moving to evict a white farmer who owned the Denlynian Game Ranch with his South African children at Beitbridge.

The farmer, Ian Ferguson, alleged that Darlington Muleya, who was believed to be a soldier, had arrived at the farm in a convoy of three vehicles, claiming to have an offer letter that allowed him to take over the estate.

President Robert Mugabe‘s government was last week reported to be working on handing back land to some white farmers who lost farms during the height of the country’s land redistribution programme.

The Telegraph said in a report that Minister of Lands Douglas Mombeshora indicated recently that provincial leaders had been tasked to come up with names of white farmers they wanted to remain on farms “of strategic economic importance”.

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