War Vets Take Mohadis to High Court Over Land Dispute

In an urgent chamber application, Given Mbedzi, Soforia Ndou, Alifhei Nare and Kumbirai Ncube want Campbell Trevor Mohadi, his mother Tambudzani Mohadi, Danisa Muleya and Samuel Sibanda to remove all their property and locks they have installed at Mbedzi’s plot Number 1 Lot 9 of Jopembe.

According to papers filed by their lawyer , Mr Zibusiso Ncube of Phulu and Ncube Legal Practitioners Mbedzi who is now homeless since release from remand prison says he now fears for his life as the respondents and their agents continue to threaten him and his family.

Police officers in Beitbridge, they pray, should e authorized, empowered and directed to render all assistance necessary for them to carry out the order.

Some time in 2003 Mbedzi was allocated a piece of land under the A1 self-contained land reform programme.

“My cattle, goats and sheep as well as crops are all unattended as I have been barred from my premises. I planted crops on area of approximately  two hectares and  I stand to suffer great prejudice both potential and actual as my crops may whither if uncultivated. Further , my property is strewn all over and exposed to bad weather elements as  well as unruly elements in society who may take advantage of the situation,” he adds.

The applicants are now facing criminal charges of malicious damage of property after they allegedly damaged a door belonging to Campbell Junior.

The four are part of the eight villagers staying on a farm in Beitbridge west, who have a long standing dispute with Minister Mohadi over some plots adjacent to his farm.

Two offer letters were issued to both parties for the same plot with the Ministers son issued with a letter in 2009, six years after Mbedzi had been issued with his in 2003.

Mbedzi had reportedly forsaken the piece of land.

The urgent chamber application is now before a judge who will decide whether to hear the parties or grant the provisional order being sought.