Chimene grabs Mutasa ally farm

MANICALAND Provincial Affairs minister Mandi Chimene yesterday grabbed a Rusape farm allocated to ousted former Presidential Affairs minister Didymus Mutasa’s aide.

BY OBEY MANAYITI

Mutasa’s former aide, Christine Murembwe, confirmed the development yesterday saying she jointly owned Mona Farm with one Leonard Taylor and were involved in wildlife, tobacco and maize production under a company known as Mona Agri Tourism Company (Private) Limited.

Mutasa is strongly believed to be the owner of the farm with Murembwe just acting as a front.

Murembwe served as Headlands constituency secretary during Mutasa’s era as MP. She said it was unfair for Chimene to drag her into her fights with Mutasa.

The latest invasion came after Chimene in February this year threatened to grab the farm accusing Mutasa of describing the Zanu PF land reform programme as a “monumental failure”.

Contacted for comment yesterday, Mutasa said: “If she is doing that to Murembwe, then I will beg them to take every farm that I gave to other people including (Finance minister Patrick) Chinamasa because I was the one who gave him that farm.”

However, Chimene insisted that the farm now belongs to her and all that she was doing was above board and in accordance with the country’s laws.

“I am following the law and the law is straightforward. I don’t deal with Murembwe, but I deal with the law,” Chimene said.

Murembwe claimed she had obtained a court order that interdicts Chimene from grabbing the farm, adding the minister had disregarded the order.

“The minister came to my farm last Friday advising me that she was taking over. She said she had an offer letter but I haven’t seen that offer letter. She also came today (yesterday),” said Murembwe.

“She came in the company of government officials from the Lands department who said I should move out. I was given the farm on July 8 2008 and I entered into a partnership with Leonard Taylor whose father was our manager.

“Chimene is lying that the farm belongs to Mutasa. Mona Farm is mine and Mutasa has nothing to do with it. I am the owner. If she claims that I was given the farm by Mutasa, is she then implying that everyone who benefited from the land reform during Mutasa’s tenure as Lands minister should be evicted?

“I have a High Court order that interdicts them and I don’t know in what capacities they are coming to my farm yet none of them are a High Court sheriff,” she said.

Murembwe accused Chimene of conniving with Gordon Taylor, her farm manager, to take away the farm.

“From what I know Chimene has a farm in Mutasa that is called Sendekera Farm and she has no right to come to mine. Police said we should find a solution, but I don’t see how I must find a solution with someone trying to invade my farm,” she said.

Murembwe vowed not bow to pressure to leave the farm or to vacate the farmhouse to pave way for Chimene,saying such abuse of power must not be tolerated.

12 Comments

  1. Mahumbwe chaiwo, what time do these incompetent politicians actually engage in farming? Agricultural land is a strategic national resource, important for food security, producing for export, economic growth. Land should not be a token of loyalty to a useless political party….and you blame sanctions..

  2. Ko nhai ava mai Chimene vakakwana here?Kana ivo vaine imwe farm ko iyi vanoda yei?Aaa vanhu vamwari!!!!!

  3. So Mutasa was dishing out farms even to aides, isu vana vevhu tichishaya ivhu, ngaatorerwe paakarima pakakwana.

    1. Ngoni Akadhakwa

      Saka asiri mwana wevhu ndiani, ita mushe dofo iwe.

  4. Uyu Mandiitawepi ashupa. Hondo yako naMutasa ichapera rini

  5. Uyu Mandy musiyei akadaro munowani muZanu Pf . Ndiye mumwe wamuchazoona manje uyu anenge achinzi awanikwa muboot remota apinda achozorora apa anenge akafa kkkk.

    Musafarise vanhu imi zvinpera izvi

  6. Tora ticharitorawo zvichapera chete chisingaperi chinofura

  7. Regai zvibandane, mapurazi aya haana kutengwa, hapana kana cent rakabiswa apa.

  8. On and on with land deform. And some one says it’s sanctions!!! Sies.

  9. What started off as a chuckle on Mt. Olympus has burst into garrulous laughter threatening to bring the mountain down. Now Chimene is really making sure the former king of Manyika starts living in ‘interesting times’ as the Chinese will say. and you have the person tasked with the task of protecting children from vermin vampires going to the top of Nyangani mountain to pronounce children who are 12 years are too late in havving sex..like paedophiles are fond of sayin..’eight is too late’ and he intends to KEEP his job. Elsewhere one Kereke is smiling with endless glee,…Fast cast eyes North to Delphi in Greece more chaos visits the centre of the earth where the Greek PM is congratulating himself for getting the No vote in his hastily arranged referendum..Question he is not willing to provide an honest answer is: What is he celebrating.?.Is this not worse than a ‘pyrrhic victory’..Besides the bragging and prancing rights what does he gain on the ground? How long is he going to be in office when people come to terms with the fact that it is rather cold and miserable outside the EU…?.Looking to the South, one whippersnapper miscreant locked in endless mischief pronounces that all is well in Zimbabwe but he thinks his ‘South African’ should not follow the path of the gentleman he says he admires? Yah, it must be really busy on the mountain.

  10. Mandi should stop smoking Ganja, Maruana. too bad!!!!

  11. Chimene rakatonzwa nembanje heavy

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