Twenty-Eight People Arrested For Invading Chiyangwa’s Farm
Twenty-eight people have been arrested for invading a Chinhoyi farm belonging to a businessman and Zanu PF Member of Parliament, Phillip Chiyangwa.
The alleged invaders have since appeared before magistrate Melody Rwizi facing charges of contravening Section 3(i)(4) of the Gazetted Land (Consequential Provisions) Act chapter 20:28 of 2006, which pertains to “occupation of gazetted land without lawful authority”.
The presiding magistrate, however, referred the defective docket back to police on Thursday so amendments could be made.
Rwizi instructed police to amend paragraph two of the state outline, which states that Chiyangwa is the complainant when, in actual fact, the complainant should be the ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Rural Resettlement mandated with powers to parcel out land.
The magistrate also noted on the return docket:
May you also record a witness statement from Maxwell Muwondori as he is a witness in the matter in his capacity as district lands officer. Phillip Chiyangwa is an informant and not complainant.
The State alleges that on 18 June 2004, Subdivision 1 of Sinoia Citrus Estates located in Makonde district near Chinhoyi was gazetted by the government under Order 117 of the Government Gazette.
After the gazetting of the farm, Chiyangwa was allocated the land and issued with an offer letter, before taking occupation of the said property.
But during the period extending from 2020 to date, the 28 accused persons occupied the farm without any offer letter, permit or authority from the responsible minister.
The invasions allegedly disturbed Chiyangwa’s farming activities prompting him to lodge a police report that led to their arrest, last week.
The accused persons are listed as follows:
- Life Matukanzvimbo (22),
- Patson Chimushamhu (26),
- Jaison Karuvira (20),
- Watson Takaedza (40),
- Danmore Mateyaungwa (27),
- Innocent Dave (35),
- and Shingirirai Machipisa (32),
- Joseph Menyuka (43),
- Knight Madanyika (49),
- Clever Phiri (58), and
- Edwin Maunganidze (56).
- Paul Mandere (31),
- Given Wiggens (23),
- Tinashe Maketo (28),
- Talent Goredema (26),
- Netsai Chogondo (34),
- Gladys Tembo (41),
- Liznet Katanha (17),
- Rutendo Kativhu (19),
- Loice Chitsoka (46),
- Chipo Karikoga (45),
- Viola Chigumbura (32),
- Tamari Mapfumo (20),
- Sibambaniso Nyamutora (49),
- Rejoice Maunganidze (27),
- Prettymore Mlahleki (17),
- Beauty Chinhema (37) and
- Emelly Mawela (70).
The matter was deferred to September 8 for routine remand.
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