High Court dismisses eviction appeal


THE High Court has given Masvingo business tycoon Mohammed Shaheed Lambat the green light to kick out the two tenants who had refused to vacate his premises despite the existence of a court order.


Justice David Mangota on Monday dismissed an urgent application by the two tenants, Matilda Kamanda and Bonface Gumunyu, saying there was nothing urgent in their application.

“The court has considered all the circumstances of this case. It is satisfied that the first applicant (Kamanda) has failed to establish, on a balance of probabilities, the urgency of its case.
The application is, accordingly, dismissed with costs,” Justice Mangota said in his judgment.

Last week, Kamanda and Gumunyu filed an urgent chamber application at the High Court for stay of execution, arguing that the court order evicting them from the building had been granted without their knowledge.

In response, Lambat submitted an affidavit where he accused the pair of using their Zanu PF links to avoid the evictions.

Said Lambat: “Applicants (Kamanda and Gumunyu) are applying the law of the jungle and undermining the integrity of the government and Zanu PF as a party. Applicants seek to hide behind political connections to evade compliance with the court order.

All my life, I have been staying in Masvingo and I also support Zanu PF.

“I submit that it is not Zanu PF’s policy of not respecting the courts of the land. Applicants are bad elements who are putting Zanu PF into disrepute,” he added.


  1. lt is a question of bad apples tanishing the good image of ZANU PF, clearly the latter will never be involved in such gimmicks. They must vacate the premises period.

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