Zimbabwean Given Farm In UK While Mnangagwa Is Evicting White Farmers And Grabbing Their Land
11 January 2023
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By-The UK government has given a farm to a Zimbabwean staying in the country when the Emmerson Mnangagwa administration is evicting white farmers and grabbing their farms.

David Mwanaka (57) will grow white maize and jelly melon at his newly acquired farm.

The former Zimbabwean journalist is one of seven recruits joining more than 160 tenants on Cambridgeshire County Council’s 33,000 acres (13,340 hectares) estate

Securing a tenancy “was a dream come true” for him and his wife, after starting with a few acres 20 years ago.

They will farm 364 acres (147 hectares) at Landbeach, just north of Cambridge.

This is the first time Mr Mwanaka and his wife Brenda have secured a long-term farm tenancy. 

“For past 20 years, we’ve been working so hard, so it was a dream come true for us,” he said. 

“We cried with excitement at the news, we’re overjoyed.”

Mr Mwanaka was a journalist in Zimbabwe before moving to the UK in 1991.

After doing a variety of jobs, he “became fed up with formal employment” and decided to grow some of the foodstuffs he missed from home.

“I realized there was a vacuum between what’s grown in this country and what’s sold,” he said.

He was told it would be impossible to grow the sub-Saharan staple white maizein the UK, but rented 10 acres (four hectares) in Enfield, London to try it out.

He now grows 100 acres (40 hectares) of white maize on a 150 acres (60 hectares) farm at Ware, Hertfordshire, alongside white sweetcorn, mustard greens, jelly melons and pumpkins – for their leaves as well as fruits.

“We sell the white maize all over the UK but it has a shelf life of one day, so you have to pick and deliver it on the same day – or freeze it,” he said.

The couple commute from Basildon, Essex, so are looking forward to living on their new farm at Landbeach.

The council’s chair of strategy and resources, Lucy Nethsingha, said the new recruits will “join other tenants who continue to work hard, evolve farming practices and work to promote the enhancement of biodiversity”.

Last week Zanu PF party activists in Mwenezi evicted a white farmer and grabbed his farm. The white farmer and a dozen of his workers are staying in the cold since their displacement.