Popular and otherwise pleasant white Parsons family of Ntabazinduna in Umguza Matabeleland North just outside Bulawayo has received an order evicting them from their family farm of years.
The family which is so much adored by the local community because of their general good relations with the community has been living in the area since around 1940s.
News of the eviction of the family from the farm was broken on social media by Kevin David Parsons, one of the sons of the late Peter Parsons a man whose name remains highly valued amongst the community in the area over 25 years after his death.
“My sister and brother in law received a court order yesterday evicting them from our family farm, Ntabazinduna, Matabeleland with effect from Monday 15th April 2019,” said Kevin.
“This is 15 years after losing our own farm, Sunnyside, in Mashonaland. So very sad,” he added.
The news of the eviction of the family has not been well received by people from the area and Matabeleland region as a whole with radical members from Mthwakazi Restoration groups threatening to block the evictions.
In 2015 people from Matabeleland united and resisted government efforts to evict another popular white farmer Peter Cunningham from his Ebenezer Farm in Matobo district.
The community could not even listen to then Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko until Cunningham was returned to the farm.
Several members of the community were arrested including Mthwakazi Republic Party leaders for resisting the eviction.