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First lady Grace Mugabe has ordered the eviction of thousands of war veterans who oppose her plan to succeed her ailing 92 year-old husband as president, Now Daily has learnt.
Hundreds of the veterans have already been ejected while many others have been served with eviction notices and given a few months to wind up their operations, sources said.
The Central Intelligence Organisation, which is dictator Robert Mugabe’s private army, has taken over the land allocation function from the lands ministry, the sources revealed. CIO operatives are reported to be in the process of vetting war veterans and farm occupants to see if they are loyal to Grace Mugabe. Those who are found to be affiliated to former vice president Joice Mujuru’s People First party (ZimPF) and vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa’s Lacoste faction of Zanu PF are at the top of the eviction list.
“We are very angry about the government’s decision to take our land at the instigation of the first lady,” a senior war veteran told Now Daily, declining to be named for fear of reprisals. “To add insult to injury, some of the eviction notices were served while we were meeting the president on April 7 over that same issue.”
Sources within the Zimbabwe Liberation War Veterans Association confirmed that up to 20 000 war veterans and families of former 1970s Chimurenga civil war fighters were targeted in the latest round of evictions.
The first phase of the mass evictions has already been carried out in Mazowe where 4 000 families were pushed off the land to make way for Grace Mugabe’s game reserve. Mugabe’s nephew and youth minister Patrick Zhuwao is training hundreds of militants to carry out more evictions, many of which will take place close to the 2018 general election when there is general instability.
The youths affiliated to Grace Mugabe’s G40 faction have already invaded farms belonging to ZimPF member Brigadier-General Agrippa Mutambara and opposition politician Temba Mliswa.
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