Kambeni, 14 wives evicted, arrested

ODZI - A Johanne Marange Apostolic Church member and his 14 wives who had invaded 15 houses belonging to a Chinese firm in Arda Transau in protest at an unresolved three-year housing dispute with diamond miner Anjin were this weekend evicted and arrested for unlawful entry.

Blessing Nyamaropa, a Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights (ZLHR) lawyer, said on Saturday he attended to the case at Odzi Police Station where the Kambeni family, 14 wives and their husband, were charged with unlawful entry.

Nyamaropa said 89-year-old Philemon Johwani Kaiboni Kambeni and his 14 wives had become impatient over delays in allocating them a new home after the one they had been allocated was not adequate to accommodate their family.

The family was relocated to Arda Transau from their spacious home in the Chiadzwa diamond fields to make way for mining.

“This family was now impatient and they decided to claim their right of shelter by occupying houses which are at Arda Transau which belong to Jinan, a mining company in Chiadzwa,” Nyamaropa said.

He said his organisation “intervened to ensure that the Kambeni family’s right to shelter is protected.”

“These people had a decent home in Chiadzwa but are living in conditions that are inhumane and degrading and we feel they have a right of claim to decent shelter,” he said.

Odzi police recorded a warned and cautioned statement and will proceed with the case by way of summons.

Last week, Kambeni and all his 14 wives besieged the district administrator (DA)’s office demanding decent and adequate accommodation to their 35-member family, currently squatting in a compound since their February 27 2011 relocation.

Comments (2)

They are just following how Zanu does things. They have taken people's farms, businesses, etc. Now they are going after Nigerian shops. What do you expect?

Moe - 20 December 2013

Pamberimberi neZanu! Kikikikikikikiki!!!!!!!!! Takavaudza kuti bato iri harina tsitsi ivo vakati ibato ravanhu rinezvido zvavanhu mumwoyo.

Mutirowafanza - 20 December 2013

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