Zim farmer prays for land grab snatcher: Report

By Drum Digital
21 June 2012

Zimbabwean farmer Henry Jackson has been praying for the health of the land commissioner who ordered him to leave his farm, according to a report on Thursday.

Jackson first drew attention in May this year, with the conciliatory stance with which he reacted to aggressive attempts to evict him from his farm.

On Facebook earlier this week, Jackson said he had heard that the land commissioner, a Mr. Shoko, had had a light stroke, and that when he heard about it, he felt that God wanted him to say a prayer.

He went to Shoko's office, where he was ushered into a room to see the commissioner, who was seated at a table with 12 other people, reported Beeld newspaper.

Jackson told Shoko that he had heard about his illness, and asked if he could pray for him.

After Shoko agreed, Jackson placed his hands on him and asked God to heal his illness, after which Shoko reportedly said, "Thank you, Mr. Jackson, and may God bless you."

Jackson said on Wednesday that it looked as though the farm eviction issue could still be resolved in his favour.

The man who was supposed to take over his farm has not been seen for weeks.

According to the original agreement, Jackson was given a three month period to leave his farm, of which one month still remains.

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