Mohadi case opens today

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The Bulawayo High Court will today hear the case involving Home Affairs co-minister Kembo Mohadi’s son, Campbell Junior, and four villagers locked in a bitter farm ownership wrangle.

The matter is set to be heard at 3pm before judge Justice Lawrence Kamocha.

Given Mbedzi, Soforia Ndou, Aifheli Nare and Kumbirai Ncube are seeking an order barring the Mohadis from disturbing their peace at the disputed farm.

According to the urgent chamber application filed on their behalf by Zibusiso Ncube, the four want the minister’s 22–year-old son, his mother Tambudzani, their farm workers Danisa Muleya and Samuel Sibanda to remove their property from plot number 1, lot 9 of Jopembe Block, which Mbedzi claimed to be his.

The Mohadis are reportedly pushing for their son to take over the property ahead of Mbedzi who claims it was allocated to him in 2003. Mohadi’s son claims the government allocated him the same property in 2009.

Mbedzi also alleges the Mohadis wanted to shoot him and his colleagues with an AK 47 assault rifle following clashes at the farm, but the firearm jammed twice.

He said they ran for their lives, but his 67-year-old mother, Philani Ndou, and Soforia were shoved into the Mohadi vehicle and taken back to the plot where his property was strewn all over the yard.

Mbedzi further claimed the Mohadis and their agents forced the pair to remove the property at gun point.

The application comes after Mbedzi, Philani, Soforia and her son, Knowledge Muleya, Alifa and James Mbedzi appeared at Gwanda Magistrates’ Court two weeks ago facing charges of malicious damage to property.

They are out of custody after Gwanda magistrate Sheila Nazombe remanded them on their own cognisance. They will be back in court on March 6.