Former Makoni South legislator and Zanu PF Youth League Secretary, Kudzanai Chipanga has approached the High Court on an urgent basis challenging illegal displacement from his headlands Workfield Farm.
Through his lawyers, Samundombe and Partners, Chipanga cited Manicaland Minister of State for Manicaland Province, Cde Monica Mutsvangwa, Cde Christopher Chingosho, Alias Masuku, Andrew Dawson and James Chisholm to the High Court as respondents.
He accuses the respondents of occupying his Headlands farm, displacing his farm workers, his property, livestock and disturbing his preparations for the 2018-2019 farming season.
He seeks an order instructing the respondents to return the status of the farm to what it was as at the 11th of June 2018.
He additionally seeks an order barring Dawson and Chisholm from continuing ploughing on his farm.
In his application, Chipanga said he is the holder of a valid offer letter for Wakefield Farm, issued in 2016, and later entered into a private partnership with Dawson and Chisholm on 80 hectares of his land pursuant to government policy.
According to Chipanga, the farm was initially earmarked for Manicaland State University, but later allocated to him in August 2016 after the university, through the Higher and Tertiary Education ministry, turned down the offer.
“The applicant, since the date of allocation, has been in quiet and undisturbed occupation of the farm. I am advised, which advise I verily believe to be true and correct that the respondents have no right whatsoever to evict me from my farm without an order from a competent court or without following due process,” he said.
“I am further advised, which advice I verily believe to be true and correct, that the conduct of the respondents is only befitting in a banana republic, where the law of the jungle is the order of the day.”
“I submit that from the narration I have made above, it is clear that the actions of the fourth and fifth respondents are directed at causing grave and irreparable harm on my undisputed right of occupation of my farm and only an urgent order of this honourable court can stop this manifest injustice from continuously being perpetrated against me,” he said.
He added that the two occupants reneged on paying their rental obligations, resulting in him terminating their contract.
Chipanga also said that on 11 and 12 June this year, Minister Mutsvangwa, Cde Chingosho and Masuku descended on his farm together with a group of people and declared that the farm was now going to be handed over to Dawson and Chisholm.
He added that after the two took over occupation of his farm, his more than 150 cattle have no one to take care off, arguing that he has no other remedy rather than seeking the court’s immediate intervention.