White Zimbabwean farming family are handcuffed and driven off their land to make way for black British doctor linked to President Mugabe’s wife who runs a slimming clinic in Nottingham
Phillip Rankin and his family have farmed in Zimbabwe for decades
Their farm has been taken from them and given to Sylvester Nyatsuro
Mr Rankin was handcuffed and dragged away from the property last week as police moved in to enforce the claim
New owner originally from Zimbabwe but now works as GP in Nottingham
By HUGO GYE FOR MAILONLINE
1 February 2016
A family of white Zimbabwean farmers have been evicted from their land after it was handed over to a British doctor who runs a weightloss clinic in Nottingham.
The Rankin family, who have farmed tobacco in Zimbabwe for decades, were handcuffed by police and dragged off their land so it could be claimed by Sylvester Nyatsuro.
Dr Nyatsuro, 45, is originally from the African country but has lived in Britain for at least 15 years, and is now in charge of his own GP practice.
He and his wife Veronica were allocated the Rankins’ farm under Robert Mugabe’s controversial land seizure laws which allow the state to take the property of white people and hand it over to ‘indigenous’ black Africans.
One of the family members today hit out at the ruling, saying that Zimbabwe’s land should be ‘for the people of Zimbawe with nothing, not for wealthy British doctors who do not live here’.
Phillip Rankin, 57, has lived at Kingston Deverill farm in the north of Zimbabwe for more than 30 years with his wife Anita and their three children.
The size of the tobacco farm has been progressively reduced since Mugabe’s land grabs began in 2000, and last year he was told that he must leave the property for good.
Dr Nyatsuro apparently turned up at Kingston Deverill in September with a government document saying that he was now the rightful owner of the land.
The Rankins refused to leave without being compensated for their property, having recently planted a £300,000 tobacco crop, but two dozen settlers moved into an empty cottage nearby and a warrant was issued for Phillip’s arrest
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