Top Mugabe aide defies court, occupies Figtree farm

via Top Mugabe aide defies court, occupies Figtree farm | SW Radio Africa August 4, 2014 by Nomalanga Moyo

Deputy presidential secretary, Dr Ray Ndhlukula, has taken over Centenary Farm in Figtree, Matebeleland South despite a High Court order barring him from doing so.

Ndhlukula has been trying to grab the farm from David Conolly for some time. Following repeated threats of forcible occupation, the farmer sought protection from the courts, which was granted on June 27th at the Bulawayo High Court.

However on Friday Ndhlukula proceeded to occupy Conolly’s farm, telling him that as a white person the law does not protect him when it comes to land matters.

Ndhlukula bragged about his position as deputy chief secretary in the President’s Office and rejected the court order when the police tried presenting it to him.

“Dr Ndhlukula refused to accept the order and said that ‘white people could not come before the courts regarding land matters.

“He further informed me that he was not going to abide by the ruling of the Court and that he would show me how he was going to do things “his way”.

“He said that he would take all my cattle, vegetables, equipment, and household contents. His wife then entered the conversation saying that their people would sleep in my house that night,” Conolly said in a statement.

This will be Ndhlukula’s second farm, as he reportedly already owns another one in the same province which he registered in his son’s name.

Dispossessed Chegutu farmer and rights campaigner Ben Freeth said it is sad the police stood by and failed to arrest the Conolly farm invaders, despite having the order declaring the occupation illegal.

“It is fantastic that the High Court in Bulawayo issued the order but what is unfortunate in this case is that the police still refused to enforce the order and ensure that any invaders are arrested for contempt of court,” Freeth said.

He added that Conolly’s farm invasion has yet again demonstrated the absence of law and order in Zimbabwe.

On Wednesday Freeth and others hope to hold a prayer meeting at the Conolly Farm “to pray for law and order in the country.”

However ex-Minister for Reconciliation Moses Mzila-Ndlovu told SW Radio Africa that it was unlikely that state security agents will allow the prayer meeting to go ahead.

Mzila said ZANU PF was targeting the remaining white-owned farms in a classic case of divide-and-rule, because they know white farmers are in the minority.

“The strategy seems to be working but let me say to those black Zimbabweans who think this is a black and white issue that it’s only a matter of time before ZANU PF turns on those of us who think differently.

“We should look at these developments with concern and ask ourselves how we can collectively stop this ZANU PF madness, regardless of tribe or race,” Mzila added.

The former minister called on ordinary Zimbabweans to recognise that contrary to what Mugabe wants them to believe, they do have the power to demand better governance.

Mzila said in most cases farm workers have stood by helplessly as ZANU PF officials invaded farms and threw them off the land, depriving them of their homes and source of livelihood.

“I believe they should protest. And we should not tire of petitioning the international community to hold this regime to account according to international law, and on our part as Zimbabweans we need to demand that they abide by the country’s constitution. But this will not happen if we do not do something,” Mzila, who is also a senior MDC official said.

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    Our GOD reigns 6 years ago

    Theft is theft regardless of whether a person steals a loaf of bread, a farm or a business….We serve an Almighty, All Powerful God who created us. He is a God of JUSTICE and RIGHTEOUSNESS and does not condone oppression and pillaging! Read Micah 2 verse 1-7…..if we as a nation turn to the Lord and pray and humble ourselves HE and HE alone will deliver us….He is the only solution….

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      Reverend 6 years ago

      Blessings Brother/Sister..You are exactly right and no one can not stop prayer from the hearts of the righteous in Christ Jesus.

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    Sad story indeed,the only hope is for them to raise the shrill more in one organised vantage point.Zanu PF needs to be stopped by any measures from this freewheeling behaviour of theirs.Ndlukula also needs to know that looting is not sustainable in the long run-payback time shall come no-mater what!!

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      Reverend 6 years ago

      YOU ARE SO RIGHT Madlinduna xhosaboy….LOOTING IS NOT SUSTAINABLE, AND YOU ARE CAUGHT IN THE ACT NDLUKULA.

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    Charles Frizell 6 years ago

    Surely everyone knows that the law does NOT apply to Zanoids, and never has.

    That was why they deliberately destroyed the justice system way back. I tried to warn people at the time that The Criminals were planning something very evil. Over the years we have seen exactly what evil they wanted to do

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    revenger-avenger 6 years ago

    This bogus “Dr” was already on our very long list of zpf rogues who have to be dealt with. Mob justice ? As they don’t recognize the courts surely. Be patient. There will be retribution

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    Bambazonke 6 years ago

    Not only has Dave got the local high court order but is also part of the SADC triburnal case , and Zim is hosting the next summit to elect Mugabe as the new chairman , these people think they are above the law watch this space, manji manji there is going to be a big problem within PF

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    tawanda 6 years ago

    ‘Dr’? Of what?and from which university?

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    Chidumbu 6 years ago

    Once all the whites have gone, who are you morons going to blame. Only thing left for you people is to put your hands out and beg for food that is all you know

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    mark longhurst 6 years ago

    how come this is not being contested by black matabeles? how can you let a tswina take the Ndebele land from under your nose?

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      Straight Shooter 6 years ago

      What is a Tswina?

      Is Ndlukula a Tswina and in what way?

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    I know David Connoly and the other Connolys good guys, with a ndebele speaking ascent with the mbokodos guys these people played a role in the independence of this country ask everyone Ray please, lets leave this race issue behind and stick to the rebuilding of Matebeleland, I think our ancestors are not happy about this Mzilikazi is turning in his grave its not that we embrace whites but fairness

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      Straight Shooter 6 years ago

      Tonga
      There is nothing wrong with embracing whites; infact nothing wrong with embracing the human race. You dont need to apologise for that!

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    Government please lets identify farming graduates and give them such type of land rather than the weekend farmers the Ndlukulas

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    Government please lets identify farming graduates and give them such type of land rather than the weekend farmers

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    Mena Bona 6 years ago

    This man and his wife’s lives are going to be terrible from this day onwards. A juju is on you now and you will wail and howl with terror from now on. Never close your eyes before sleep without shivering with fear. Your punishment is coming. Be very afraid.

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    This is now obviously being done to cause mayhem and take the region even further back. I feel for the Conollys and all I can say is that they can take a little comfort in that the end game is now near for these thieves. The writing is on the wall.

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    Straight Shooter 6 years ago

    Mthwakazi gukurahundis are an embarassment to our regions. In the days of PF ZAPU, Mthwakazi politicians were seen as the clean, honest and progressive ones; thanks to Dr Joshua Nkomo’s legacy.

    All the properties ZAPU owned, were legitimately bought, and owned through proper transfer of title deeds. ZAPU believed in negotiations; engaging and talking; legality etc, etc.

    However, ever since signing up to the 1987 Gukurahundi Accord; they have adopted all the gukurahundi tendencies; all the ZANU PF evil ways of shedding blood; grabbing by force and outright thieving.

    Cry my beloved Mthwakazi!!

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    Straight Shooter 6 years ago

    I shudder to think of the magnitude of the human disaster that would befall the human race if the whites in other parts of the world decided to revenge this on every black person everywhere, outside Africa?

    Fortunately, with civilisation, the majority of whites are beyond the savagery of their forefathers. How come the Gukurahundis can’t see this?

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    Update on Conolly Farm Situation: “Our farm workers were evicted from their homes yesterday. People whose Parents and Grandparents have lived on our farm and worked for our family all their lives. A total of 75 people have been displaced.

    Please pray for them. They have no where else to go.”

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    What is saddening is that the Mbokodo’s and the Conollys of Matabeleland have interacted with the people in the region but someone comes and does this kind of thuggery. Not even waiting for the people to reap their crops and take care of their livestock. He just wants to reap where he did not sow. Matebeleland has tried to lift itself up without the help of this Zanu Government. Now they start again to create chaos in the region.

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    jkaseke 6 years ago

    Sad story