Zanu-PF apologises for land invasions

2011-01-24 22:39

Harare - Member's of Zimbabwe's Zanu-PF party on Monday apologised for militants who forcefully entered a series of lakeside private boat clubs and tourist lodges over the weekend, according to tour operator groups.

The incidents, along Lake Chivero, 20km from Harare, had created fears that Zanu-PF militias might be orchestrating a grab of the tourism facilities. Mugabe's supporters in the past have regularly seized white-owned farm properties, often with the state turning a blind eye to the practice.

However, the most recent incidents - conducted as Zimbabwean Tourism Minister Walter Mzembi was at a conference in Spain trying to drum up the tourism business in Zimbabwe - elicited an apology, said Gary Stafford, owner of Shiri Kuimba, one of the clubs targeted over the weekend.

A mob of about 200, carrying posters with Zanu-PF flags and portrait of party leader, President Robert Mugabe, on Friday forced their way into Shiri Kuimba, demanding to see the company's list of assets.

Simultaneously, groups of veterans loyal to Mugabe entered and locked down about 20 further sites.

There was no overt violence, said Stafford. But he noted that police did not come until after party leaders arrived to get the trespassers to leave.

Then, on Monday, Stafford said he had been told by a senior official of the state tourism company that Vice President Joice Mujuru, at a meeting with the tourism company to discuss the trouble, had asked for her apologies to be extended to the victims.

Zanu-PF senior Minister Ignatius Chombo denied any party involvement with the weekend's activities.

  • AM Library - 2011-01-24 23:03

    Is the police action only because the Minister of Tourism is overseas trying to drum up business or because (hopefully) the powers in Zim have realised that invasions don't benefit anybody?

  • william.botha - 2011-01-24 23:18

    Transparent patrons of a psychopathic leader. With a flavor of sadism in there.

  • Ozman - 2011-01-24 23:41

    Only a test run to gauge the reaction, all in the planning to get the ball rolling. Watch this space.

  • Limelite - 2011-01-25 02:15

    Like I'm going to believe that this wasn't a sanctioned invasion! How dumb do they think we are? This will lead to even more job loses but hey, Zanu will look after its people with more dry corn cobs to chew on.

  • marco - 2011-01-25 03:22

    When you speak to black Zimbaweans living in England about what's gone wrong in their country they'll tell you 9 out 10 times that it's these military ex socalled "freedom fighters" that's at the root cause of Zimbabwe's crisis situation.It all started they'll often say when Mugabe took control of the country from way back in 1980 when he came to power and the country gained it's internationally-recognised independence from Ian Smith.You'll often hear some idiots say Mugabe did this good for the country or that good but reality is that Ian Smith's government had laid out the whole framework for the infrastructure developement long before Mugabe came to power and that Mugabe only continued where Smith had started years before him nothing that Smith wouldn't have done himself mind you.These generals from the army or whatever you wanna call them are on Mugabe's payroll and hence he,Mugabe,with their sadistic help can keep control of the country and the 12million population or so left in it.As long as Mugabe has the money to pay these bastards then they'll protect him and do suchlike things as this land invasion K@K.When,not if,the money runs out completely then Mugabe's control over the country dies with it.This is the only reason why nobody in the country is able and willing to topple the bastard,Mugabe.They to affraid to do anything because of violations of human rights,intimidation,brutal attacks,assaults and the fact that there is money to pay the bastards doing all these inhumane K@K.Very disturbing to see Julias Malema taking pictures with Mugabe in Zimzabwe recently and nobody in the ANC doing anything about it.Malema still gets to have an audience when these ANC p**ph**s have their rally's and K@K.One can only wonder how long still before South Africa becomes a desolate waste land like Zimbabwe.

  • Warren - 2011-01-25 05:29

    Mugabe has destroyed his country.

      Johan - 2011-01-25 06:30

      No the people that kept him in power destroyed their country. The same will happen here. The people that keep the ANC in power will have to take the blame

      rethan - 2011-01-25 10:09

      @John, dude you are so correct. I wish i could wake up one morning with everyone in the same thought line as you.

  • jaycee - 2011-01-25 05:51

    Apologies came too late, the damage had already been done. Obviously, Zanu-PF cannot control its cadres.

  • Francois - 2011-01-25 06:55

    This was most probably a planned action on Mugabe's side so that he can create the illusion that he cares about property rights. The problem is our government will still believe and trust him, citing this as an example. The fact that the police arrived only after the senior Zanu PF brass arrived confirms that the police is pawns at the hands of Zanu PF as well as the fact that Zanu PF orchestrated the whole move. I think every donor, including SA with electricity, must get out of Zim and let them sort it out for themselves- that is after the border fences have been repaired.

  • pikie75 - 2011-01-25 07:46

    Lake Mcllwaine (Now known as Lake Chivero) is an amazing lake where Zimbabweans have chalets along the lake edge, and people go there to relax and ski and generally have a weekend away from the City. What on earth do Mugabe's cronies want at a place like this. Cant they just be content with what they have dont to this amazing place hurts to see my beloved country in ruins...

      Mikemcc - 2011-01-25 08:15

      They have wasted all the other wealth stolen from it's creators, now they hunger for more. It will not stop until there is absolutely nothing left to steal. The focus will then shift to begging backed by insult when they are refused- oh wait that's what's happening already! The ZANU-PF membership list should be handed to the ICC for prosecution or preferably to some high end mercenaries for extermination.

      Enuff - 2011-01-25 10:16

      They won't stop until everything - farms, livestock, homes, holiday homes, hotels, banks, mines, etc are owned by Zanu-PF cronies. Agriculture was the number 1 money maker in Zim so they targetted that first. Now that they've fluffed that up they've gotta go for something else. There are very few industries in Zim that are still making money - tourism is probably number 1. Lake Mac is 1st target as it's close to Harare. Inyanga will be next with Hwange, Vic falls, Kariba, Mana and everything else to follow. There are millions of us around the world who feel your pain pikie75, but hey, at least we've got the memories (I guess).

  • Jack Kukard - 2011-01-25 08:06

    It will stop until the thieves get money / donations from the evil west then they will grab , always the same MF's

      Krush - 2011-01-25 08:26

      So true...and the west will provide... they ensure the country is broken down to nothing..then they move in and take over the resources selling it back to us at ridiculous prices while removing it for next to nothing and a few elite black men get rich. Africans must be the of the most stupid nations on earth.

  • Jakkals - 2011-01-25 08:20

    Mens kan nie glo hoe onnosel kan sulke mense BLY nie.

  • Shistirrer - 2011-01-25 10:24

    Mugabe has been in power for 30 years now. Exactly how old are these so-called "veterans"? For the life of me I cannot see a group of 50- or 60-somethings doing a land grab or farm invasion. These are youngsters, and their only claim to being "veterans" is that they are hardened criminals.

      cynthiasteyn0 - 2011-01-25 12:29

      The same in SA!! Look at JM with the singing of the struggle song!! FFS he was not even a twinkle in his father's eye when the struggle was taking place!! The only struggle he knows is passing woodwork. F*CKING A/Hole that he is!!

  • Sipho - 2011-01-25 10:28

    When will Cde Mugabe come and liberate South Africa for us poor blacks? I was promised land by Mandela and now it's my time!

      youngun - 2011-01-25 10:50

      what are you going to do with your land Sipho? Plant a 2m by 2m crop of mielies and leave the rest to go to waist? having land won't change the fact that you need skills, technology and a lot of hard work!!! to make it profitable. All you have to do is look at zim and you should hopefully realise that there is no hope for the average African. There never has been

      Stinkvinger - 2011-01-25 11:19

      Sipho Ndlovu, Class of 1990.... Your government has been promising "you poor blacks" all kinds of things since 1994...You have had all the time in the world to make something of yourself...In a country where if you have a black skin, you immediately have an advantage over anyone else trying to make something of themselves too...Yet you still wish to sit on your lazy arse, and WAIT for it to be given to you....And once you get it....You bleed it dry...and wait for something else to be given to you...and so it goes on and on till there is nothing left.

      Paloeka - 2011-01-25 14:00

      Sipho, I suppose the next thing you will demand is infrastructure on your piece of land, then free services, then...o sh$t there is nothing more to give...if only I lived a productive and responsible life. Shame...what a Chop!!

      Lostsunset - 2011-01-25 15:45

      @Sipho. you have already been liberated. It happened in 1994, whats the matter don't you like the way they are running things. you vote for them each time, poor Sipho. are your leaders not so liberating anymore??? Don't worry elections are coming and then you can try again.

      Lostsunset - 2011-01-25 15:49

      @ Sipho, by the way. If Zimbabweans are so happy in Zim and so Liberated, why are they flooding the streets of your poor South Africa where you are so deprived and where you are suffering so much. Poor little BEE, affirmative action Sipho. If struggle in SA you must be really dumb.

      Gerard - 2011-04-07 19:14

      soon. monitoring the imperialist, colonialist internet, i have it on good authority that cde mugabe (speaking in the language of the imperialist colonialists) is preparing to walk on water to liberate you from the shackles of oppression that fog your mind. all funds due to you will be sent via that demonic device of the western imperialists, commonly known as the fax machine. in fact, if you join 2 fax numbers together, he might even be able to fax you a piece of land liberated from the imperialist colonialists............$%^&* i hope you are not holding your breath

  • Amun Ra - 2011-01-25 11:32

    If you are stupid enough to still have property and investments in zim then you must pay the price. It was made crystal clear that foreigners are not welcome in there zimbabwe.

  • James - 2011-01-25 14:02

    Apologised? - yeah right!........what a load of crock - and the reading public believe this drivel

  • Madelane - 2011-01-25 16:51

    Oh my word.....this would be so funny and would make a fantastic slap stick comedy where it not for the fact that this is a country that has been totally destroyed in virtually every sense of the word......and then this brainless apology.....grief.

  • Kevin in Brisbane - 2011-01-31 07:23

    Actually, the most amazing thing about this story is that Grant Stafford still owns anything. Just goes to show how incompetent ZANU are. How the hell did they miss this opportunity in the past?

  • Ernest - 2011-01-31 12:02

    chombo is an idiot so u cant expect anything positive from him. i wonder how he became a lecturer at uz.

  • Ernest - 2011-01-31 12:33

    Regrettably, this feeling of inadequacy and du-plicity in some of our people threatens even the very programmes that government put together for their economic empowerment. Some abuses of the resettlement exercise stand as testimony to this short-sightedness," war vets we are a disgrace.

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