Human rights activists and critics of the government in Zimbabwe are unlikely to benefit from any state-controlled resources. Zimbabweans know: If they want to get ahead economically in the country, they need to toe the Zanu-PF party line. Or else.
Political and social justice activists are viewed as "enemies of the state", which is why they are forced to buy or rent property from those in the government's good graces.
On 14 June 2021, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa director Sipho Malunga posted this on his Twitter account:
"Planting... where it really starts... our numbers are mind-boggling. #150K
#singabalimi #siyalima #eplazini #wearefarmers #thefarm #farminginzimbabwe"
Attached to the tweet were pictures of rows of newly planted tomatoes on his farm in Nyamandhlovu. Many people commented on the tweet, sharing advice and compliments on the impressive large-scale operation. That tweet was posted at 8.10am.
By 2.56pm, Malunga was back on Twitter with shocking news, which in hindsight, should have been expected:
"Today we received a call from Mr Dodzi at the Lands Office in Bulawayo to tell us that the Zim Govt has acquired our privately owned farm & tomorrow they are coming to peg it & give it to people...