White farmer drags Mohadi to court

BULAWAYO - 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.

Comments (5)

When this nonsense stop? How many farms does this family have? I am disgusted in the extreme.

Tekere Jnr - 8 September 2016

From reports it appears that all their other aquired properties are now non-functional. Is their plan to do the same again?

Pieter Herbst - 9 September 2016

mohadi nyarawo iwe. zvawakapamba zvese hapachina chiri kushanda. ndosaka wakambonyikwa musoro musaga netimu yamugabe musati mabatana zanu pf ne pf zapu. une udyire hunonyadza zvese nemukadzi. iwo masaskam ezanu anongokwekweredzwa achiperekedza kunotora pavasina kurima svooooooo kusanyara

munyimi - 9 September 2016

Mohadi & his concubine are broke and have had bailiffs take possession of some of their ill gotten gains. The man inherited 10K hectares and the government took 8K leaving him with 2K to continue his livelihood. He is the only banana producer in the region and has invested to make the operation viable. The poor will not be served by such blatant thievery by the Mohadi. Politics of envy and greed will not help anyone in the long term not even those doing the stealing as we have seen the results. Land redistribution was necessary and remains necessary but unfortunately it was done by a bunch of incompetent thieves making a mockery of the whole exercise. The next phase should be repossessing all the land ill-gotten from the Chombos, Mugabes, Madzongwes and their children etc and leasing long-term to those who will put it into productive use.

Galore - 9 September 2016

There is nothing left to steal in this country. Its high time courts reclaim their identity and uphold the rule of law, and tell these thieves to go f**** and p**** off. Enough is enough, this is beyond greed.

X-MAN IV - 9 September 2016

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