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Farm invasions reported in Zimbabwe's Matabeleland North

A fresh wave of farm invasions and lawlessness by war veterans and ZANU-PF supporters has been sweeping rural Matabeleland North, with stepped-up harassment of commercial farmers, farm workers, civil servants and villagers, the 'Financial Gazette' reported on Thursday. The newspaper reported that it had emerged this week that the new farm occupations, accompanied by the sub-division of farms and systematic assaults on villagers in Nkayi, Turk Mine and Nyathi districts, resurfaced after a recent visit to these areas by Border Gezi, the ruling ZANU-PF party's chief commissar. It said Gezi had told supporters at a rally last week that "people who voted for the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) made a big mistake because they had voted for re-colonisation".

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