Invaders ordered off Matemadanda farm

HARARE - The High Court has ordered Zanu PF activists who invaded war veterans leader Victor Matemadanda’s farm to vacate the property.

Matemadanda, who is among the former freedom fighters that have been targeted for a brutal clampdown by the warring ruling party, is fighting his Zanu PF opponents’ attempt to seize the farm in Karoi, Mashonaland West.

In the court case, Matemadanda — through his son Itai who manages the family’s Garowa Farm — cited Davy Musokota, Paul Gapa, Farai Zambu, Lazarus Nhongo, Tengwe Police Station officer-in-charge and Lands minister Douglas Mombeshora as respondents.

High Court judge Priscillah Chigumba on Tuesday granted Itai the interim relief in which he sought eviction of the invaders.

“ . . . the 1st to 4th respondents (Musokota, Gapa, Zambu and Nhongo) and all claiming occupation through them be and are hereby ordered to return to the applicant (Itai) occupation and use of Garowa Farm and in so doing are ordered to vacate Garowa Farm and handover to the applicant the keys and locks to the yard of the principal, homestead, or any property occupied by them or any other person claiming occupation through them on Garowa Farm,” Chigumba ruled.

She further asked the deputy sheriff to take steps with the assistance of the police and ensure the order is complied with.

“ . . . the 1st to  4th respondents and all claiming occupation through them shall not make any attempt to cultivate or introduce any farming equipment or materials, and or animals on the farm and are hereby interdicted and prohibited from interfering in any way with the applicant’s workers and agents or from removing from the farm any items of farming equipment or property of any nature situate thereat as at August 7, 2016,” she said.

Chigumba also slapped the respondents with an order to pay for the cost of the suit.

In the urgent chamber application, Itai told the court that he is a tobacco and maize farmer who, at the time the farm was occupied, was in the process of preparing nursery seeds and land for the coming season.

“Applicant has been rendered homeless and his movable property is at risk of being destroyed by the respondents and all the other people now in possession of the property.

“Applicant has no access to his food, clothing and all other materials to sustain himself and his family,” read part of Itai’s court application.

He also said that he had been deprived of control over the farm and, as a result, cannot use or protect the farm equipment and all his personal belongings at the farm.

“The applicant has been deprived of control over the family’s farming and other business operations at Garowa Farm and . . . cannot enter the homestead which has been taken over by the...respondents,” he said.

Comments (1)

I do not know how Mr. Matemadanda acquired the farm but if he got it by forcing owners out, should he really be offended by the same medicine? Since the High Court issued an order, it may either be unaware of the methods Matemadanda employed in acquiring the farm or the farm was legally acquired, which I doubt.

Mr Dete - 11 September 2016

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