Fangundu Banana Plantation battle takes a new twist

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tThe battle for Fangundu banana plantation has taken a new twist with former army general Edzai Chimonyo, who had seized the property, surrendering part of it o its original Malaysian owners.

Chimonyo who is Zimbabwe’s ambassador to Tanzania, surrendered parts of the occupied plantation last week in a consensual order issued at the High Court.

Matanuska (Pvt) Ltd who had been dispossessed by the former soldier, approached the High Court arguing Chimonyo had occupied areas which were not gazetted for resettlement.

Chimonyo’s lawyer, Gerald Mlotshwa, confirmed this week that Chimonyo agreed to surrender parts of the plantation after it came to light that they had not been acquired by government under the Land Reform Act.

The banana plantation is situated in Burma Valley, south east of Mutare and is made up of three different farms – Chiremba, Zonwe and Fangundu.

“When the ambassador realised that Chiremba and Zonwe Ranch had never been acquired by the State for resettlement, he was very quick to consent to the order in terms of which he will vacate from Chiremba and Zonwe Ranch,” said Mlotshwa. “It was a consenting order.”

He said Chimonyo will now remain with 251 hectares of Fangundu. Matanuska will retain Chiremba which is 126 hectares and Zonwe covering 103 hectares of land.

Mlotshwa said Chimonyo will also allow Matanuska to remove any of its movable assets at Fangundu Farm.

The matter was presided over by Justice Tedious Karwi.

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