Thursday, 8 September 2016

WHITE FARMER DRAGS MOHADI TO COURT

A Gwanda white commercial farmer, George Watson, has filed an urgent application at the Bulawayo High Court seeking to interdict wife to State Security minister Kembo Mohadi, Tambudzai, from illegally taking over his productive banana farm.

Watson, who was last year saved from eviction from Makado Ranch — also known as Double “O” Ranch measuring 2 000 hectares — by Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko after he visited the banana farm, cited senator Tambudzai Mohadi,  Beitbridge councillor Amon Ntuteni Ndou, traditional leader Herbet Siyoka, Zanu PF provincial chairman Rebelani Choeni and Gwanda district land committee as respondents.

In his founding affidavit, Watson said the farm belonged to him as he inherited it from his late father.
“The full extent of the farm land then was 10 000 hectares. I assumed right of use and occupation of the land sometime in 2003, after the death of my father who passed on in 1987,” Watson said.

“Sometime in or around the year 2007 through the justiciable land reform programme, that sought to address historical imbalances in land ownership, the total farmland to which I was entitled to occupy was down-sized from 10 000 to the present 2 000 hectares that I presently utilise,” he said.

Watson said he has over the years been able to transform the farm through individual and foreign investments to be a viable entity boasting of the only banana plantation in Matabeleland, twenty arable hectares for horticultural crops under drip irrigation and a game enclosure.

However, Watson who is being represented by Mashayamombe and Co Attorneys, said he harbours a reasonable apprehension that Mohadi and three other respondents are likely to perpetrate irreparable harm in so far as any peaceful and undisturbed use of the piece of land is concerned.

He further noted that at one point on August 27, Mohadi and the three war veterans proceeded to his farm where they declared that the farm and the properties in it had been taken by the Zanu PF Women’s League.

As if that was not enough, Watson said they came the following day to monitor activities at the farm in a development that he described as tantamount to engaging in self-help since none of them had government authority.

“The trespassing by the respondents on my property is manifestly illegal as they have failed to follow due process of acquiring land.”

As a result, Watson said he and his family have suffered actual prejudice and irreparable harm hence he prayed for an order to be issued interdicting the respondents from trespassing into his property. Daily news

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