Mohadi farm fight rages


Bulawayo judge Justice Lawrence Kamocha yesterday indefinitely postponed his judgment in the matter involving Home Affairs co-minister Kembo Mohadi’s son Campbell Junior and his wife, Tambudzani and four villagers, locked in a bitter farm ownership wrangle.

The matter was heard on Thursday at Bulawayo High Court and the yesterday Kamocha reserved judgment in his chambers.

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 their lawyer Zibusiso Ncube last week , 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, but the firearm jammed twice.
He said they ran for their lives , but his 67-year-old mother, Philani Ndou and the widow Soforia were shoved into the Mohadis’ 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 property at gunpoint.
The application comes after Mbedzi, Philani, Soforia, her son Knowledge Muleya, Alifa Mbedzi and James Mbedzi appeared in court two weeks ago facing charges of malicious damage to property. Magistrate Sheila Nazombe remanded them out of custody to March 6.