LATE former President Robert Mugabe’s daughter, Bona Mugabe and her husband Simbarashe Mutsahuni Chikore have been ordered off part of their Mazowe farm.
This comes after the National Tested Seed successfully approached the High Court claiming ownership of part of Extent of Sigaro Farm in Mazowe measuring 168 hectares.
In February 2020, Government published Statutory Instrument SI 41 2020, which resulted in the couple losing part of their land.
The SI by the Lands Minister announcing new maximum farm sizes allowed by the law in Zimbabwe. Late Perrance Shiri was Lands Minister at the time.
Sensing that theirs was a lost cause, Bona and Simba did not oppose the application and the judgment was granted in default.
In his ruling, Justice Munamato Mutevedzi highlighted that if the couple fails to adhere to the order, the Sheriff will move in on them.
“National Tested Seed be and is hereby, forthwith, restored full control, occupation and possession of the remaining Extent of Sigaro (S/D 3) in the District of Mazowe measuring approximately 168 hectares in extent.
“Simba and Bona Mutsahuni and any person acting through them are hereby directed, forthwith, to allow National Tested Seed full control, occupation and possession of the remaining Extent of Sigaro (S/D 3).
“In the event that Simba and Bona, and all persons claiming occupation through them, neglect or refuse to comply with any of the above, the Sheriff of the High Court or his lawful deputy are hereby ordered to remove respondents and any persons, acting through them, and any movable property introduced by them, or remaining on the Extent of Sigaro (S/D 3) in the District of Mazowe…,” reads the ruling.
The judge has also ordered costs, if the couple try to oppose the order.
“In the event that Simbarashe and Bona oppose the granting of this order, they shall pay costs of suit on a legal practitioner and client scale,” ruled the judge.
Initially, the two had contested the SI arguing that they were given an offer letter by then Lands Minister Douglas Mombeshora in 2017 and that Statutory Instrument 41 of 2020 was published when they had already been allocated Sigaro Farm.
Government has been repossessing large farms so they can be subdivided into various smaller units for other beneficiaries.