A Zimbabwean couple have been evicted from the farm where they have been farming for 22 years without warning.
Ivy Rupindi, an official of the Zimbabwe Ministry of Agriculture, arrived with two eviction orders and accompanied by the police at the farm Protea Valley, about 30 km south-east of Harare, with two trucks and said she is the owner of the ground and that Martin and Debbie Grobler had to get their ride.
Although the Groblers begged her to give them until Monday to make arrangements, she refused, saying she would not leave the farm until they left.
The couple’s furniture was simply carried out of the house and placed outside the gates.
Debbie asked anxiously on WhatsApp last Friday: “Can you please pray for us urgently? There are two trucks, another vehicle and a whole bunch of police officers at our gate. They want to remove us from the farm. They did not give us notice and it caught us off guard. We have not had a problem for years and now the trucks are here to load everything. ”
The Zimbabwean government had just signed a $ 3.5 billion deal a month earlier to give white commercial farmers land under their former presidency 20 years ago. Robert Mugabe’s land reform policy.
The Groblers have been renting Protea Valley for the past 22 years after being evicted from their farm at the time.
The farm is about 445 ha in size and the Groblers farmed with 250 cattle and tobacco. About 105 people worked for them.
They rented the farm from the original owner, but after the nationalization of agricultural land, they tried to get a letter of offer for the farm.
After the letter was approved, officials wanted bribes of $ 100,000 that the Groblers could not pay.
According to Rupindi, the farm was granted to her after she applied for it.