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RUSAPE tobacco farmer Jasc Bakker was given an offer letter by the government in 2006, allowing him to continue to operate on the property which is located on the outskirts of this Manicaland town.

But a fortnight ago he received a letter from the same government ordering him to vacate the property which has now been handed over to the Secretary for Mines and Mining Development Professor Francis Gudyanga.

Gudyanga has given the Bakker family 90 days to leave Calvin Farm.

“The secretary (Gudyanga) gave us 90 days, negotiable, to vacate the premises. We appreciate that. We can get the crop off,” Bakker told the Herald newspaper.

Bakker is the latest white farmer to be victimised over alleged ties to former presidential affairs minister Didymus Mutasa.

The disgraced Manicaland politician was fired from government and deposed as Zanu PF administration secretary over allegations he was part of a coup plot against President Robert Mugabe.

Mugabe has even threatened to have him arrested.

Since his dismissal, Mutasa has faced various allegations including claims he protected white farmers in the province from eviction for a fee.

Explaining his association with Mutasa, Bakker said: “I was close to Mutasa like everyone else.

“Mutasa represented everyone in the constituency and I had no problems with him.”

He added: “In 1991, I realised we were going to have hunger. I knew Mutasa had mills for milling mealie meal.

“I asked him if he would sell me the mills and he agreed and I bought them. He gave me a letter that allowed me to buy maize from the Grain Marketing Board.

“I fed people throughout that period. This was the sort of association I had with him.”

Bakker’s eviction comes after President Mugabe vowed a new wave of farm seizures to remove the remaining white farmers in the country.

Source : New Zimbabwe