Protesters have gathered outside the surgery of a Nottingham GP, who is involved in a dispute over land with a Zimbabwean farmer. Dr Sylvester Nyatsuro, who runs The Willows Medical Centre in Carlton, is embroiled in a wrangle with farmer Phillip Rankin, with both parties claiming rights to a smallholding which is used to grow tobacco.
Mr Rankin, who bought the land in 1983 for 110,000 dollars, says the GP, his wife Veronica, and various officials from the Zimbabwean police and the Government department which allocates land, have been trying to force him from the farm since September 18. But lawyers representing the doctor deny the claims, saying he is a “peaceful individual” taking possession of the farm “in a lawful manner”.
The demonstration has been organised by the Zimbabwe Vigil.