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Land grabs targeting Zapu, Zpra veterans raise eyebrowsLand grabs targeting Zapu, Zpra veterans raise eyebrows – NewsDay

The High Court ruled in  Ndlovu’s favour and stayed his eviction.

There are fears of systematic invasions of farms owned by former Zapu and Zpra ex-combatants in Matabeleland in what analysts claim is a deliberate move to undermine the former war veterans despite their role during the liberation struggle.

Several renowned farms owned by Zipra and Zapu war veterans have been invaded over the years including that of the late Zapu leader, Dumiso Dabengwa.

Just last week, an attempt to evict former National Healing and Integration co-minister  Moses Mzila Ndlovu  was exposed at the High Court.

The High Court ruled in  Ndlovu’s favour and stayed his eviction.

Former ex-Zipra commander Thomas Ngwenya was also in court last week after the boundary fence of his Solusi farm was vandalised allegedly by National University of Science and Technology (Nust) employees.

There are several other cases where Zanu PF activists have gone after properties owned by Zapu members and ex-Zpra combatants, a development that commentators said raised eyebrows.

In several cases, most of the invaders have been identified as people from outside Matabeleland and sponsored by Zanu PF bigwigs.

Zapu spokesperson  Mso Ndlovu said the developments were disturbing.

“Every Zimbabwean of whatever colour or creed deserves a piece of land in areas they call home,” Ndlovu said.

“A systematic programme of displacing locals in favour of individuals from other regions, it is nothing but a cultural and economic genocide which must never be tolerated whether it happens in Matabeleland or Mashonaland.

“ The issue of land redistribution is a time bomb, which is set to cause conflict for our future generations if not addressed.”

Ndlovu accused Zanu PF officials of abusing their positions of influence to harass Zapu and Zpra members.

“Zapu is appalled that where Zanu PF planned, trained and deployed a 5th Brigade to commit a genocide, they failed to plan, train and deploy a brigade of farmers to fully utilize land when they embarked on the chaotic land reform programme,” he said,.

“Only Zapu leaders at local and national level have the wherewithal, capacity and willingness to confront this without fear, favour or prejudice.”

Ibhetshu likazulu coordinator Mbuso Fuzwayo  said the land question has been politicised by Zanu PF.

“It means the people from Matabeleland are not yet liberated, it is land under occupation, the sacrifices of Zipra were in vain,” Fuzwayo said.

“People must unite against the occupying force irrespective of religious beliefs or party affiliation.”

Political analyst Effie Ncube said the invasion of the land owned by Zapu-linked people is a continuation of Gukurahundi where over 20 000 civilians lost their lives in Matabeleland and Midlands.

“Those invading the land believe they have the protection of the state and the ruling party and therefore can do anything, anytime,” Ncube said.

Ncube said this also exposed the erosion of the rule of law.

“The land is the most important resource for any people. That is why land dispossession inevitably leads to devastating conflicts,” he  said.

“As such, land dispossession is reversing the gains of the liberation struggle and setting a time bomb that will explode on future generations.”

Ncube said Zanu PF was sowing seeds of future conflicts.

“Playing party politics with the precious lives of future generations is irresponsible and a source of future conflicts,” Ncube said.

In court papers, Mzila-Ndlovu said he was facing eviction from his farm in Matobo District, Matabeleland South Province.

The High Court granted an interdict application to stay his eviction from the property.

In his application, Ndlovu cited Matobo District Lands officer Johannes Zifudze, the Secretary in the Lands ministry, Lands ministry, officer-in-charge  Figtree police, officer commanding Matabeleland South, the surveyor general and the sheriff of Zimbabwe as respondents respectively.

Ndlovu submitted that he has been in beneficial occupation and control of Khami Magazine Farm measuring 360, 3163 hectares since 2004.

He said his troubles began in August when  Zifudze allocated pieces of land of his property to suspected Zanu PF supporters in preparation for a full take-over of his property.

In July 2014, scores of militant Zanu PF supporters invaded late Zapu leader Dabengwa’s Rudy Farm in Nyamandlovu, Matabeleland North saying he was under-utilising it..

The Zanu PF supporters claimed to have the blessings of the party’s top brass when they invaded the farm.

At about the same time, some Zanu PF youth led the invasion of the Bulawayo City Council-owned Mazwi Nature Reserve close to St Peter’s on the outskirts of the city.

 In 2015, Zanu PF supporters invaded Honey Bird Kop Farm, located about 40km along the Bulawayo-Plumtree Highway belonging to Zipra ex-combatant, John Gazi.

They said the property was too big for him.

Gazi was later arrested after he deflated tyres of a vehicle belonging to Zanu PF invaders.

Last year, a human rights lawyer Siphosami Malunga, the son of the late nationalist Sydney Malunga, was forced to approach the courts following an attempt to grab their Esidakeni farm he co-owned with Zephaniah Dlamini and Charles Moyo.

Their problems began in 2019 when their childhood friend 2Gatsha Mazithulela, the country’s deputy spy chief, asked if he could join them in the venture and become the fourth partner.

They turned him down.

In January 2020, Mazithulela was appointed deputy director-general of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO).

According to their papers filed at the High Court in Bulawayo, the trio said that after his appointment, Mazithulela approached them again, begging to be allowed to join the partnership but they turned him down.

Since then several people linked to Zanu PF have invaded Esidakeni farm, purporting to have been given offer letters by Lands minister Anxious Masuka.

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Continued detention of Job Sikhala a travesty of justice – Amnesty … – New Zimbabwe.com


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HUMAN Rights body Amnesty International has condemned the continued pretrial detention of former legislator Job Sikhala at Chikurubi Maximum Prison.

Responding to Tuesday’s High Court ruling overturning the politician’s conviction of obstruction of justice, Amnesty International said the opposition member should have been not detained in the first place.

“We welcome the High Court’s ruling. However, it has come only after Job Sikhala has lost more than 500 days of his life in pretrial detention based on trumped-up charges of obstruction of justice.

“Job Sikhala should never have been detained in the first place. That he will remain in prison on other baseless charges of incitement to commit violence and disorderly conduct is a travesty of justice and a violation of his human rights.

“This is yet another example of the Zimbabwean authorities’ ongoing weaponization of the law to target activists and opposition figures to silence dissent,” said Amnesty International deputy regional director East and Southern Africa, Khanyo Farise.

Farise said Zimbabwean authorities should immediately and unconditionally release Sikhala and drop all charges against him as he is detained solely for peacefully exercising his human rights.

Sikhala, an opposition Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) party Change Champion, was arrested on June 14, last year after attending the funeral of political activist, Moreblessing Ali.

He was convicted on May 3, 2023, for obstruction of justice and given a suspended six months sentence with an option of paying US$600 or spending six months in jail.

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Zimbabwe’s continued detention of former opposition MP Job … – Amnesty International

Responding to Tuesday’s High Court ruling overturning former member of parliament Job Sikhala’s guilty verdict on charges of obstruction of justice, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, Khanyo Farise, said:

That he will remain in prison on other baseless charges of incitement to commit violence and disorderly conduct is a travesty of justice and a violation of his human rights.

Khanyo Farisè, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for East and Southern Africa

“We welcome the High Court’s ruling. However, it has come only after Job Sikhala has lost more than 500 days of his life in pretrial detention based on trumped up charges of obstruction of justice. Job Sikhala should never have been detained in the first place.

“That he will remain in prison on other baseless charges of incitement to commit violence and disorderly conduct is a travesty of justice and a violation of his human rights.

“This is yet another example of the Zimbabwean authorities’ ongoing weaponization of the law to target activists and opposition figures to silence dissent. Authorities should immediately and unconditionally release Job Sikhala  and all charges against him should be dropped as he is detained solely for peacefully exercising his human rights.” 

This is yet another example of the Zimbabwean authorities’ ongoing weaponization of the law to target activists and opposition figures to silence dissent.

Khanyo Farisè

Background

Job Sikhala, an MP in the opposition Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) party, was arrested on 14 June 2022 after attending the funeral of political activist, Moreblessing Ali, who had been missing for three weeks before being found murdered and mutilated on 11 June 2022. He was convicted on 3 May 2023 for obstruction of justice and given a suspended six-month sentence with an option of paying US$ 600 or spending six months in jail. However, he has been kept in prison pending trial for two other charges of incitement to commit violence and disorderly conduct. He has been held at Chikurubi Maximum-security prison in the capital Harare since June 2022.

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Bulawayo murder trial postponed due to incessant power cuts


Mkhululi Ncube , [email protected]

THE second day of the trial of Musawenkosi Hara who is facing murder charges relating to the death of Thulisile Dube last year has been postponed to tomorrow after recurrent power cuts hit the courtrooms at the High Court in Bulawayo.

The trial began on Tuesday before Judge Christopher Dube Bhanda with the court hearing how Hara and her now late boyfriend Farai Michael Mutasa drove around with Thulisile’s body and even fuelled at a garage in Gwabalanda with her body inside.

Hara says her boyfriend struck fear in her as he threatened to kill her and her children if she reported the matter

But in a phone call, which was recorded by his mother, the late Mutasa mentioned that they both participated in the murder.

Mutasa committed suicide after confessing to the murder and telling his mother where they left the car and the body.

Hara who had participated in an all-night beer binge which was sponsored by Thulisile for her friends, was arrested in Harare after the matter came to light.

Hara is expected to take to the stand when the trial resumes tomorrow, Thursday.

She is represented by Simbarashe Innocent Madzivire of Tanaka Law Chambers pro bono.

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