Mohadi's wife barred from invading farm

BULAWAYO - State Security minister Kembo Mohadi’s wife Tambudzani has been stopped by the High Court from unlawfully taking over a farm belonging to George Watson.

Watson last month filed an urgent application at the High Court seeking to interdict the Beitbridge senator from taking his Gwanda banana farm.

The renowned commercial farmer accused Tambudzani, who is also a member of the Zanu PF women’s league of interfering with operations at Makado Ranch, also known as Double “O” Ranch.

In his application, Watson, who is represented by Jonathan Mashayamombe of Mashayamombe Attorneys cited Mohadi, Beitbridge councillor Amon Ntuteni Ndou, traditional leader Herbet Siyoka, Zanu PF provincial chairman Rabelani Choeni and Gwanda district land committee as respondents.

Mashayamombe confirmed the new developments after a chamber appearance before justice Nokuthula Moyo this week.

“The order mainly sought to interdict, the coming into the farm, trespassing or interfering with the business operations of the farm, without following due process, without a proper court order,” Mashayamombe said.

“After several postponements, the matter was subsequently held and the judge actually granted the provisional order which outlined the relief we were seeking on behalf of the applicant.”

The Lands minister and the Gwanda lands office were represented by the Attorney-General’s office, while Mohadi turned up without a lawyer.

In the last court appearance, the matter had to be postponed for the third time to allow Mohadi to secure legal representation. Initially, she had engaged the services of Mudenda Attorneys but they pulled out due to non-payment.

Mashayamombe said, in her argument ,Mohadi claimed there was an offer letter that was issued to the Zanu PF women’s league by the Lands ministry.

“Unfortunately, that offer letter was not produced in court. They argued that their presence was sanctioned by the local lands office to allow them to inspect the farm as women’s league and inspect the assets that were there, but the bottom line was the compliance within the law in as far as land acquisition is concerned.”

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