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WATCH: 54 families evicted, left homeless during rain season

by Simbarashe Sithole
16 Feb 2017 at 19:04hrs | Views
54 families have been served with eviction notices at Glenara Estate in Mashonaland Central province.



When Bulawayo24.com visited the Estate, four families had been chucked out of the Estate's fence after a sum of USD $1500 had been paid to the messenger of court Harare to evict them families on Thursday.



Speaking to Bulawayo24.com, the farm workers said they had nowhere to go and the estate owed them their benefits since they had served the Estate for years.

"We have nowhere to go and I served this estate for 10 years but they are evicting me without a single cent. Where do I go and how do I start a new life without money?" asked 65-year-old Edmore Zhuwao.

Another farm worker said they have crops in the estate which they laboured for and had expected a yield to feed their families but today that they have been booted out, it will not be possible.

"It is so painful to be evicted yet we have our crops on this land how are we going to feed our families and we are in rain season where do we go," sobbed Jane Ginde.

When contacted for comment, the human resource manager for Glenara, Osword Chikunda confirmed the eviction but could not shed more light saying he only got to know of the incident the day before.

"The eviction is there but I got to know of the case yesterday so I cannot furnish you with information," said Chikunda.

Meanwhile, legal aid director Mr Collins Kasiya bemoaned the Estate's move as inhumane and malicious.

"The company's representatives proved to be so cruel, inhuman and malicious, paying $1500, for the sheriff to evict former employees without paying them even a bond coin.

"We advise our fellow Zimbabweans who cannot afford exorbitant legal fees to join legal aid where they subscribe affordable amount to get legal assistance in situations like this," said Kasiya.

The counsellor for Mazowe ward 20, Tapera Tapererwa, said he was not aware of the eviction but as ZANU PF he shall engage their Member of Parliament Fortune Chasi for assistance.

Source - Byo24News

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