THE reversal of the unpopular takeover of Maleme Ranch in Matabo district of Matabeleland South by government spy Rodney Mashingaidze should be hailed as a triumph for people power.
TWELVE villagers arrested in Matobo on Monday on charges of kidnapping and threatening to axe an employee of State security agent, Rodney Mashingaidze who has taken over Maleme Farm, were yesterday released on free bail by a Kezi magistrate.
CHURCHES in Matabeleland South are circulating a petition in churches across the country as they seek the reversal of the acquisition of Maleme Farm in Matobo district, indicating that the farm has been dedicated to God for the benefit of the community.
PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has been dragged into the messy Maleme Ranch acquisition, after the Matobo Development Forum pleaded with him to stop the farm grab, which they condemned as a painful reminder of Gukurahundi.
ANTI-RIOT police yesterday descended at Maleme Ranch in Matopo and severely beat up villagers who had gathered for a prayer meeting on the farm.