By Nkosana Dlamini
Dozens of residents ejected from Mapunga Farm outside Bindura town have been living in the open after being dumped along the highway together with their belongings by former Zanu PF Mashonaland Central provincial chairperson Dickson Mafios.
The evicted families are part of the many farm labourers who have known no other home for decades except for the property.
The farm, which is less than 10km outside the Mashonaland Central provincial capital along the Bindura-Harare highway, was acquired by Mafios from the previous owner when the evicted occupants were already staying there.
Speaking to Zimstar News Monday, Mashonaland Central based Citizen Manifesto focal person Gabby Passion Mandangwe said the over 15 less fortunate families have been stranded, with neither shelter nor water for the past four days when the controversial politician dislodged them.
“The situation is bad. Families are living in the open. They have been taken away from their sources of food and clean water,” he said.
The farm workers stated that Mafios deliberately cut off electricity and water at the farm to force the residents out of the premises and still considers them in arrears for the services they are being denied.
Mafios reportedly evicted the residents on the strength of a court order, whose details Zimstar News could not readily establish.
Some people privy to the situation claim the feud originated from a wage dispute between the workers and Mafios, who reportedly paid them late and later stopped paying them at all in attempts to dampen their spirits and force them to leave.
The controversial former G40 politicians could not be reached via his mobile for comment.