FORMER deputy minister of Finance David Chapfika who assumed a Shamva Farm through Zimbabwe’s land reform program has failed to withstand the rigours of farming and has now delved into a joint venture to stay afloat.
This comes as the President Emmerson Mnangagwa-appointed Justice Tendai Uchena recently disclosed that there were vast swathes of under-utilised agricultural land, land held by absentee owners and fallow land kept for speculative purposes, worsening hunger in the country.
Chapfika is accused of being incapacitated to the extent of leasing out the farm.
Reached for comment, Chapfika told Zim Morning Post that he had hired services of consultants and had not leased out the farm.
“I did not lease the farm I have only hired the white farmer to come and work for me as manager,” Chapfika said.
“They are some State agents who want the farm and I have been to court about the issue. I never leased the farm, the government is encouraging joint ventures so I decided to work with the white man,” he said.
Disgruntled farm workers told Zim Morning Post that the former deputy minister of Finance had run down the farm formerly famous for its high yields.
“This is not the first time Chapfika has neglected paying salaries, he needs to surrender the farm,” said a disgruntled farmer.
Another worker said farm employees had now gone for months without salaries and their lives had drastically changed since Chapfika took it over from a white farmer identified only as Stondon.