Zanu PF politburo member and former deputy Foreign Affairs minister Abednico Ncube has been evicted from a Gwanda Town Council house after he refused to vacate it voluntarily following the expiry of a lease agreement three years ago.
Ncube was thrown out of the council property by the Deputy Sheriff on Tuesday and a new tenant immediately moved in.
Gwanda council lawyer Zibusiso Ncube confirmed the eviction on Wednesday.
“Yes, the eviction was effected yesterday (Tuesday). The matter is now settled as the council has since put a new tenant in the house,” Zibusiso Ncube said. The latest development lays to rest a legal wrangle which had dragged on for more than a year with Ncube refusing to move out of the council property arguing it had been donated to him.According to documents produced in court, Ncube took occupancy of the house, number 82 Senondo Township.
That was after the then Zanu PF-controlled council offered him the property on a gratuitous basis when he became MP in 1995 so that he could stay within his constituency.
But Ncube refused to vacate the house when he lost the seat in the 2008 elections claiming it was donated to him.
This prompted the MDC-led Gwanda municipality to take the Zanu PF politician to court.
“We face accommodation problems and this is the reason why the council has engaged lawyers to force him to vacate the place to allow other people to also have accommodation,” Ncube said.
The council lawyer said the case against the minister was supposed to be heard at the magistrates’ court, but was postponed after witnesses failed to turn up.
Ncube could not be reached for comment.