Mike Campbell on his Mount Carmel farm
The Mike Campbell Foundation (MCF) was registered as a UK-based charity in 2012 to continue the work of the late Mike Campbell, a dynamic Zimbabwean commercial farmer and conservationist. Mike was the owner of Mount Carmel farm in the Chegutu district, the largest mango grower in the country.
Together with his son-in-law, Ben Freeth MBE, Mike took former President Robert Mugabe to the regional human rights court, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Tribunal, over his government’s chaotic and brutal land seizure programme.
They won the case in 2008 but the land invasions and chaos continued - and still continue - under President Emmerson Mnangagwa who deposed Mugabe in a 2017 de facto coup. Ben Freeth has dedicated his life to helping rebuild their beloved country and in particular the vital agricultural sector.
The SADC Tribunal regional human rights court.
The Tribunal judges
Mike Campbell and Ben Freeth
after the successful judgment in November 2008