Articles tagged 'land'

HCC suspends land sales 3 November 2018 HARARE - Harare City Council has suspended all land sales until the country's financial situation stabilises. The motion was moved by Mabelreign councillor Denford Ngadziore and was agreed upon by the city fathers. His motion was agreed by mayor Herbert Gomba, who advised him that the actin...
Freehold ownership key to investment: CFU 3 November 2018 HARARE - The Commercial Farmers' Union (CFU) says government should restore freehold ownership rights in order to unlock the collateral value of agricultural land in Zimbabwe. As part of its submissions to the 2019 National Budget consultations, the CFU said the main problem facing Zimbabwe's ...
Minister sucked into land row 19 October 2017 HARARE - Lands minister Douglas Mombeshora has been dragged before the High Court for irregularly withdrawing a Mazowe farmer's offer letter and handing the farm to an alleged close ally. The said ally, Regis Giya, is said to have approached the farm occupied by the plaintiff – Ronald Chenjera...
Zimplats surrenders claims to Zim govt 19 September 2017 HARARE - Zimplats, which is majority controlled by Impala Platinum, has said it has agreed to cede a contentious piece of land that it has for years suffered to retain, after government had sought to take it over. This comes after President Robert Mugabe's government made a fresh bid in Januar...
Commission appointed to probe dodgy land deals 9 September 2017 HARARE - President Robert Mugabe yesterday appointed a Commission of Inquiry to investigate the sale of State land in urban areas. A proclamation from Mugabe's office said the panel would “investigate and identify all State land in and around urban areas that was acquired and allocated to the ...
Illegal Tongaat settlers stranded after Mahofa death 22 August 2017 HARARE - Hundreds of illegal settlers who invaded sugar estates owned by the Zimbabwe units of South Africa's Tongaat Hullett and have been shielded from eviction by Masvingo Provincial Affairs minister Shuvai Mahofa have been left in a quandary. Mahofa died on Monday last week after she colla...
Land ownership row spills into court 7 July 2017 HARARE - Prospective home owners in Mashonaland West and Marondera risk having their dreams of owning residential properties dashed as their local authorities are embroiled in bitter wrangles with land developers in matters that have now spilled into the courts. At least 1 664 residential stan...
Willdale's loss widens as company sells land 19 June 2017 HARARE – Listed brick-making firm Willdale's net loss widened to $380 564 in the six months to March 2017, from $146 575 recorded prior comparable period on the back of heavy rains that damaged the company's furnaces. While the first half had been depressed, turnover increased 14 percent to $4...
Churches fight over land 20 May 2017 HARARE - Two churches — Mugodhi Apostolic Faith Church (Mugodhi) and Kruger Apostolic Faith Church (Kruger) — are fighting over land in Mashonaland East Province, in a battle that has since spilled into the High Court. Mugodhi, which seeks authority over the land, has filed an application befo...
Mabamba in soup over $135k land deal 19 May 2017 HARARE - Ex-Chitungwiza councillor Fredrick Mabamba is seeking to regain possession of $136 000 worth of land that he had used as surety in a university construction deal, but was seized by government. He used the land to pay Development Services Africa (DSA), a company that provided him with ...
Zimplats commits to Zim 2 May 2017 HARARE - Australia Stock Exchange-listed platinum producer, Zimplats, has vowed to remain in Zimbabwe despite threats by President Robert Mugabe's government to seize more than half of the company's land. This comes as other international mining giants such as Rio Tinto bowed out of the minera...
Zimplats, govt in talks over land grab 27 April 2017 HARARE - Zimbabwe's largest platinum producer, Zimplats, says it is in discussions with government over an impending compulsory acquisition of 28 000 hectares of its land by the State. The Alex Mhembere-led platinum mining company yesterday said while government had already made moves to grab ...
Kasukuwere asked me for a $5m bribe - Chiyangwa 22 April 2017 HARARE - As President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu PF's deadly tribal, factional and succession wars continue to escalate, valued long-standing relationships among the party's bigwigs are coming under increasing strain. This comes as flamboyant Harare businessman Phillip Chiyangwa, pictured, ha...
Chiyangwa compensated over Stoneridge losses 12 April 2017 HARARE - Flamboyant businessman Philip Chiyangwa has been compensated by government for the loss of his 587-hectare Stoneridge farm after he was given two pieces of land in Harare's Manyame suburb and a portion of the annexed property. This effectively puts to rest a seven-year saga and disput...
Govt expropriates Zim Alloys land 4 February 2017 HARARE - Government has expropriated half of Zim Alloys' land for distribution to small-scale indigenous players in the chrome mining industry. Mines minister Walter Chidakwa said while the discussions had been “tough and full of problems” the former Anglo-American subsidiary chrome miner was ...
Ministers clash over land 4 October 2016 HARARE - Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs minister Ambrose Mutinhiri and his Lands counterpart, Douglas Mombeshora, have clashed over ownership of land given to Manyame Rural District Council (RDC). The duo's wrangle emanates from a 309-hectare piece of land at Gilstone Farm which Manyame R...
Minister Mohadi's wife embarrassed in court 2 October 2016 BULAWAYO - State Security minister Kembo Mohadi's wife, Tambudzani, was on Thursday embarrassed by High Court judge Nokuthula Moyo after bringing a rented mob to the court where the Zanu PF women's league is involved in a legal dispute with a Gwanda white commercial farmer over land. Mohadi is...
MDC councillors block minister's attempt to buy subsidised stand 5 September 2016 HARARE - MDC councillors last week vetoed the sale of a residential stand to minister of State for Harare Province Miriam Chikukwa at almost half the price. The decision, which was sealed by Harare mayor Bernard Manyenyeni, would have seen Chikukwa buying the Glen Lorne stand at a 40 percent d...
Kasukuwere, Chombo fight 3 October 2015 HARARE - Local Government minister Saviour Kasukuwere is reversing many of the controversial decisions that were made by his predecessor Ignatius Chombo, including dubious land deals — as the factional and succession wars ravaging President Robert  Mugabe's post-congress Zanu PF continue unabated...
'Zanu PF bigwigs behind land scams' 22 August 2015 HARARE - Top Zanu PF officials are behind the massive land scam that has seen thousands of desperate home seekers losing their hard-earned money, the MDC, and an internal report by the ruling party reveal. In the past few weeks, a number of land barons have been arrested on allegations of ille...
'Council happy with land barons' arrests' 21 August 2015 HARARE - An audit or full investigation into the on-going land barons' saga which has seen several arrests of those implicated is the only way city fathers can establish the veracity or extent of the involvement of City of Harare Council (HCC) officials, an official has said. HCC spokesperson ...
Five more 'land barons' appear in court 21 August 2015 HARARE - The number of alleged “land barons” charged for fleecing home seekers of large sums of money through illegal allocations of residential stands has risen to 17. This comes after Theresa Ndambakuwa, 48, Brian Muzenda, 41, Margret Mafume, 40, Tsitsi Sapabwe, 45, and Angeline Mutizwa, 31,...
Police hunt down land barons 19 August 2015 HARARE - Police were yesterday said to have intensified investigations into allegations that dozens of land barons, were illegally selling municipal, State and property developers' land as government battles to stop the fraudulent activities which saw the suspects raking in millions of dollars in...
Land barons appear in court 18 August 2015 HARARE - Seven land barons were yesterday charged with fraud after selling a piece of land meant for primary school construction. Clifford Chimusoro and Stanely Mugari, the chairperson and secretary of Ebenezer Housing Co-operative respectively, were granted $500 bail each when they appeared b...
Our land is ours 100pc: Mugabe 8 June 2014 HARARE - Foreigners shall only have access to Zimbabwe’s natural resources on condition that government approves but without this exemption, locals shall hold 100 percent of the country’s mineral wealth, President Robert Mugabe said yesterday. Speaking at the burial of veteran nationalist Nath...