Stop the vultures, Mugabe urged

HARARE - Only President Robert Mugabe can now save the late Vice President Joshua Nkomo’s Nuanetsi Ranch as “political vultures” swoop on the vast land, the resident director of the farm has said.

The contested ranch is registered under the Development Trust of Zimbabwe (DTZ) which was founded by the late Vice President in 1989, when it was then earmarked to produce bio-fuels in Zimbabwe’s Lowveld region.

Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, the minister of State for Masvingo, allegedly working in tandem with a group of senior directors at the Tongaat Hulett-owned Triangle (Pvt) Limited, is said to have seized the ranch, putting in jeopardy the welfare of at least 3 000 families who were relocated in February to the Chingwizi transit camp, in Mwenezi district, about 150km from the flooded Tokwe-Mukorsi dam basin where they used to live.

Charles Madonko, the resident director of Nuanetsi Trust, said it was Nkomo’s wish for Mugabe to protect the land from expropriation.

“I remember during Josh’s last days, he would always chase me away from his bedside charging me to go back to Nuanetsi and protect the property,” Madonko said. “His final words on the matter were ‘I am going but Robert Mugabe will take care of you.’ 

“I wish the old lady Mafuyana (Nkomo’s wife) was alive, she would stand by me on this truth. I am being told to stop talking to the press, but I can’t. I need to hear the President himself pronounce to me that ‘Madonko, I have reversed my pledge to Nkomo and allowed the takeover of the ranch by Bhasikiti and his crew – once I hear this then I back off’,”

DTZ has written to Triangle (Pvt) Limited seeking “clarification on their role in this whole saga” following submissions by the Provincial Minister Kudakwashe Bhasikiti to vice president Joice Mujuru in a closed door meeting in Masvingo before she addressed the Women’s League Provincial chapter.  He indicated the names of the directors being involved in the shadowy outfit (names withheld).

Bhasikiti was not picking his phone yesterday, but he recently told the Daily News that the planned takeover will go ahead, claiming that the land was state property.

But Madonko maintains that there was no official position on the latest incursions but rather, “it’s just politicians running around misinterpreting government laws to justify their actions.”

“This whole matter boils down to our tendency to just grab property even from our own people,” Madonko said.

“As a nation, we need to get out of this culture of grabbing what belongs to someone else, otherwise we will never develop. Who will sink money into an economy where decisions made at business levels can be reversed if they are found to be unprofitable to individual politicians? We can’t move forward like that.”

Madonko says he will only stop fighting for one of Nkomo’s living legacies “if the President has allowed the takeover of the ranch.”

“I will quit because I respect his voice,” he said. “His Excellency has been a prime witness to all our fights for survival, how we persevered in the atmosphere of capital starvation from central government, he even congratulated us when we announced the joint venture investment for ethanol development in 2008 and in his wisdom, he warned us that the political landscape in Masvingo would disappoint us and today here we are, we are just being pushed as if we don’t exist.”

Madonko described the land invaders as “these johnny-come-lately politicians,” who cannot rewrite that past.

Comments (8)

Please respect the old man by simply giving him his title Vanonzi President Mugabe not kungoti Mugabe kunge kaforomani kenyu keku Daily news, its his title please stop this adamant journalism

BIGMAN - 26 June 2014

Haiwawo vana-little man "Big Man". What is wrong calling Mugabe by his name? And why do you want Daily News to butt-lick him?

Moses - 26 June 2014

vana BIGMAN murikungoConcentrata nezvisina kana nebasa, nyika yafa nepamusana pekutandanisana nezvisina zvazvinovaka.

fongoroma - 26 June 2014

Madonko is very correct when he says we could never move forward when decisions made at business levels are reversed when they are not profitable to individuals. Just take the ZISCOSTEEL case for example, ESSAR won the tender and then the squabblings started.When they seemed to have been resolved about two months ago, Officials are now refusing to issue work permits to the directors of the company. Someone is waiting for that brown envelope before they can facilitate the issuance of the permits. Meanwhile thousands are suffering in the towns of Redcliff and Kwekwe all because of two or three people.

Dr Know - 27 June 2014

Please respect the legacy of Father Zimbabwe, this greed has to stop, please President help stop the vultures. anything to do with our heroes especially Father Zimbabwe should be sacred and treasured, now what is this bhasikiti doing, doesn't he have respect for the national leader, who is he, or what is he???Is he going to go after the president's land later as state property too?

nikki - 27 June 2014

Wasting time and effort appealing, no-one listens.

Mukanya - 27 June 2014

This land grabbing has just got to stop. Please,we should respect the agreements we made even if the people die later.Mr. President,you have a country to run NOT this business of covering up criminals. Whoever breaks the law should face the music without fear or favour otherwise the president loses respect forever.

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JORDY - 28 June 2014

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