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Mohadi, new farmers in land battle

Mohadi, new farmers in land battle

Saturday, 01 October 2011 19:22

RESETTLED farmers in Beitbridge have accused Home Affairs co-minister, Kembo 
Mohadi of trying to muscle them out of land, which he allegedly intends to 
parcel out to his son and nephew, in an acrimonious row that threatens to 
turn nasty.
The resettled farmers, some of them war veterans, have been involved in a 
long running dogfight with the minister, in a case that at one time saw one 
plot holder seeking a peace order against Mohadi’s wife, Tambudzani. In a 
letter addressed to war veterans Matabeleland South chairperson, a Mr 
Siziba, the resettled farmers claim Mohadi wants to resettle his child, 
Campbell Junior and his nephew, Danisa Muleya.

The plot holders claim a 2009 meeting, with the blessing of the District 
Administrator, changed the status of the Lot 9 A1 self-contained farms to A2 
and this invited the interest of Mohadi, who already occupies the adjacent 
Lot 10. This, the farmers say, was later reversed by the Provincial Land 
Committee, which charged that the district committee had erred in handling 
the matter, considering that the meeting did not have a quorum.

The farmers claimed that the DA, Simon Muleya had approached them and 
offered them alternative land to avoid confrontation with the Mohadis. But 
the farmers resisted, saying they would not move as the land had been 
allocated to them and this they say, led to Mohadi employing strong-arm 
tactics, a charge the minister denied.

“Whoever is saying that, should go to the DA,” he charged. “I am not an 
authority on land issues.”
Mohadi, without commenting on the individual case, said there was a chain 
that people could follow from the District Land Committee, the Provincial 
Land Committee and the Minister of Lands if they felt hard done.

The DA, Muleya, declined to comment, saying the matter had been referred to 
the Provincial Lands Committee and he, therefore, could not comment on it. 
But the resettled farmers claim Mohadi has erected a 1,4 metre high fence 
that stretches for four and a half kilometres, which fenced off two farmers, 
while taking almost two thirds and half of the two other nearby plots 

“(This) has created an island for the plot holders, as we are no longer able 
to access each other or the nearest (water source)Zhove Dam,” reads the 

“This is because no gateways were created along the fencing line thus 
shutting down all the access routes, hence violating our rights to access 
land lawfully allocated to us.”

The farmers further claim they resisted this and this led to Mohadi’s guard, 
whom they identified as Knowledge, threatening them with a gun after they 
attempted to stop him from driving their livestock off the land.
The farmers said the matters were handled by Officer-In-Charge of Beitbridge 
Rural, an Inspector Mumanyi, with one case having been reported on August 

The police boss also sat in the District Land Committee meetings that 
deliberated the conflict but he declined to comment referring the matter to 
Officer Commanding Beitbridge, a Chinhengo.

Chinhengo however, said he was not aware any such reports were made, despite 
the fact that his subordinate had sat in all the District Land Committee 

“Our workers are continually harassed by both the politicians’ farm guards 
and also by the Beitbridge Rural police officers based at Mohadi’s farm,” 
the farmers conclude. “This leaves us asking where our legitimate freedoms 
and land empowerment are.”

The Provincial Land Committee is reported to have recommended that the fence 
be removed, while those that owned land as per previous audits held early 
this year should remain on their properties. Despite the recommendations 
being made in August, the farmers say action is yet to be taken, although 
the PLC is scheduled to meet at the end of the month and this will be one of 
the items on the agenda.
Matabeleland South governor Angeline Masuku said she could not comment 
because the matter was “above” her.

In another letter dated September 25, one farmer alleges that Mohadi 
threatened to shoot his mother and killed a sheep.

He further alleges that the minister returned at 10pm and shot a dog, 
apparently in an effort to intimidate the farmers that were refusing to be 
In response they allege they tried to make a report to the police, but were 
told that the officers did not have any power to arrest their minister.

“When a report is made to the Beitbridge Rural police about affairs 
involving the said politicians, no visible or tangible action is taken,” the 
letter reads.


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