Former Zanu PF national political commissar, Saviour Kasukuwere, who has been in self-exile in South Africa since the November 2017 coup, claims that the current administration under President Emmerson Mnangagwa is attempting to seize his ConCorpia Farm in Mazowe, Mashonaland Central province.
Kasukuwere alleges that his properties are being targeted for takeover by the government, and he points to a recent suspicious fire that destroyed a citrus plantation on the farm as evidence of these efforts.
A legal dispute over ownership of the farm has arisen between Kasukuwere and a war veteran named Ephanos Madzimunyi, who has allegedly invaded the property. Despite an eviction order granted by the High Court, Kasukuwere accuses the police of refusing to enforce it.
Kasukuwere’s spokesperson, Jaqueline Sande, attributes the fire to lawlessness and the failure of the Mnangagwa government to uphold the rule of law. Sande also confirms the unlawful occupation of a portion of the citrus plantation by Madzimunyi, which has made operations difficult and resulted in the destruction of Zesa cables, electric poles, irrigation equipment, and the loss of the entire citrus crop.
Sande criticizes the government’s failure to support the court order and alleges that the police did not provide the necessary assistance when the Messenger of Court attempted to enforce it. She claims that the occupant is violent and armed, making it dangerous to evict him without police support. Sande asserts that the Bindura police refused to enforce the order, indicating a lack of respect for the rule of law and a sense of lawlessness in the country.