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Goche in land scam?

Goche in land scam?

The Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development, Nicholas Goche has 
waded into a land ownership scam in which he is being accused of having 
grabbed a farm from the Bindura Town Council using his political muscle.

by Christopher Mahove

Goche, a Zanu (PF) senior member and former State Security Minister, 
allegedly seized Artherstone Farm from the Council and is reportedly 
subdividing it into plots for sale.

A source in Bindura told The Zimbabwean that the farm used to belong to 
Goche before he sold it to the municipality. At the time of the sale, Goche 
is said to have moved to nearby Ceres Farm that he was allocated under the 
fast track land “redistribution” programme.

The source said council paid Goche for the farm in 2008, and went on to 
start a poultry project on it. Goche, however, is said to have connived with 
then Bindura mayor, Martin Dinha, who is now the Provincial Governor and 
Resident Minister, to repossess the farm without paying anything to council.

“He has now sub-divided the farm and is selling stands of between 400 and 
2,000 square metres. This is despite the fact that council was not 
compensated for the developments it had done on the farm, nor was it 
reimbursed the money he accepted,” the source said. This has prejudiced 
council of hundreds of thousands of dollars which it had invested in the 
chicken project at the farm. The source said council officials who tried to 
question the deal were victimised, including Town Clerk, Pison Mugogo, who 
was fired.

“This is what led to the expulsion of Mugogo. Several court orders have been 
issued to have him reinstated but the Minister of Local Government (Ignatius 
Chombo) has been ignoring them,” he said.

However, Goche denied he had grabbed the council farm, insisting the 
property had always been his.

“The farm is there and it has always been my farm. I have the title deeds o 
that farm. I bought it back in 1988,” he claimed. Goche said he had at one 
point “donated” a portion of the farm for the construction of 
Garikai/Hlalani Kuhle houses after the 2005 Operation Murambatsvina that 
destroyed hundreds of homes and displaced poor home-seekers.

He said he repossessed the farm after realizing that the authority was not 
carrying out any meaningful development on it. He sold part of the farm to 
government where Chiwaridzo Township was built, well before the dispute 
started. The minister also dismissed allegations that he owns two other 
farms as a beneficiary of the land reform programme.

Former Bindura Mayor, Tinashe Madamombe, said Artherstone Farm remained 
council property and there was no resolution to dispose of it. He said 
council was still to do an audit of its farms when Goche repossessed 
Artherstone. “I think he connived with council officers to get the land back 
for free,” he said. Madamombe was fired by Chombo on allegations of 
corruption and abuse of office. Although the Bindura magistrates’ court 
cleared him of the charges, Chombo refused to reinstate him. 


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