Varsity lecturer evicted from Esidakeni Farm

Source: Varsity lecturer evicted from Esidakeni Farm – NewsDay Zimbabwe

BULAWAYO businessman and National University of Science and Technology (Nust) lecturer Dumisani Madzivanyati has been evicted from the hotly contested Kershelmar Farm in Umguza, Matabeleland North.

His eviction from the farm, commonly referred to as Esidakeni, follows a recent High Court order to that effect notwithstanding an appeal he lodged at the Supreme Court.

Madzivanyati has been embroiled in a legal battle for the farm with Siphosami Malunga, the son of the late nationalist Sydney Malunga.

Malunga’s co-partners are Zephaniah Dhlamini and Charles Moyo. The trio are co-directors of Kershelmar Farms.

Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Evangelista Kabasa yesterday sealed the order of eviction of Madzivanyati and “all those who claim occupation of Esidakeni Farm”.

“The evictions were done yesterday (Tuesday) following a High Court order that says Madzivanyati and those claiming occupation under him should move out within 24 hours after the order but what happened is that they remained in occupation,”Malunga’s lawyer Josphat Tshuma said yesterday.

“They had appealed against the High Court judgment and the applicants made an application for eviction. They (respondents) then purported to appeal and the order was done that they should be evicted notwithstanding any appeal, but they still remained in occupation of the farm.”

On October 28, Justice Kabasa ruled that Madzivanyati should be evicted as per a judgment passed by the court on October 7 this year.

Justice Kabasa’s order came after Bulawayo High Court judge Justice Martin Makonese ordered Madzivanyati to stop farming activities and return the farm to the owners.

Madzivanyati asserts that he was offered 50 hectares of Esidakeni Farm through an offer letter after the land was gazetted for acquisition.

The applicants filed an application seeking nullification of the acquisition and subsequent offer letters granted to Madzivanyati and other beneficiaries.

In court papers, Malunga, Dhlamini and Moyo have singled out Central Intelligence Organisation deputy director-general Gatsha Mazithulela, a former Nust pro-vice chancellor, and Matabeleland North Provincial Affairs minister Richard Moyo as being behind the push to grab their farm.

In their opposing court papers, Moyo and Mazithulela argued that the farm was illegally acquired by the trio.


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    Ndebele 12 months ago

    More of the Fast track land reform programme that Eddie Cross and Iain Scoones say has caused the country to boom. It is obvious that this wholesale looting programme has now run of former commercial farms and farmers who happened to be mainly white Zimbabwean Citizens – has now moved on to others who are perceived as anti Zanu farmers. Zanu is not happy with having murdered Sidney Malunga because he was ZAPU along with all the other 20 000 Matabele women and children by the Fifth Brigade. Now – nearly 42 years later Zanu are still targeting any perceived opposition by breaking them financially. Eddie Cross and Iain Scoones are indeed the new White Zanu Royal Game – read “Zanu Mujiba Extraordinaire.” ED is looking more and more la Nightwatchman like Abel Muzorewa was. Henry Kissinger is still alive so we could invite him back to study the complete balls up he, Malcolm Fraser and Carrington created – and Kissinger could blame everybody else just like Zanu do! The more things change…..the more things stay the same. Zanu will bury a hero at their Heroes’ Acre – who bayoneted a 7 month old child in Chimanimani – what a hero, what a party – they are just absolute legends in their own lifetime.