Farm theft exposes Zanu PF ex-minister

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Zanu PF politburo member and ex-Minister of Agriculture, Kumbirai Kangai reportedly leased his commercial farm contrary to the spirit of the land reform programme, a court heard yesterday.

This disclosure was made in court where Kangai was cited as the complainant after losing a farm disc harrow allegedly stolen by his former farm manager David Bhaureni.

The name of the farm was not mentioned in court, but the ex-minister is alleged to have leased the farm to one Makuvise from 2009 to February last year.

Kangai, whose residential address was cited as Glen Forest, Borrowdale, Harare, is also the chairperson of CFI Holdings.

It is alleged that on a date unknown to the State, but sometime in 2009, Kangai left his farm after leasing it to Makuvise.

However, Bhaureni remained at the farm.
It is alleged during Kangais absence, Bhaureni stole one tractor disc harrow from the farm yard and took it to Tama Farm where he offered it for sale to prospective buyer Langton Joseph Kamukosi.

But Kamukosi is said to have declined to accept the disc harrow offer, prompting Bhaureni to abandon it at Tama Farm.

Bhaureni also allegedly stole Kangais security mesh wire measuring 15 metres long,
but it was later recovered by police at Bhaurenis Hatcliffe residence.

The State alleges Bhaureni later returned to the farm and dismantled the disc harrow by removing all the major components before disposing them, leaving the frame behind.

Prosecutor Sikhangele Mahlamvana said sometime in February last year, Kangai returned to his farm and discovered the disc harrow missing.

After carrying out investigations, Kangai is said to have gathered that Bhaureni had stolen the disc harrow and the matter was reported to police leading to Bhaurenis arrest.

Bhaureni appeared before Harare magistrate Lazarus Murendo charged with theft and was remanded to March 26 for trial on $100 bail.