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Bigwigs fight over key citrus farms

Zanu PF bigwigs fight over key citrus farms

October 26, 2012 in News

ZANU PF bigwigs Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo, Mashonaland 
Central governor Martin Dinha and Lands and Resettlement minister Hebert 
Murerwa, are embroiled in a nasty fight over lucrative citrus farms in 
Guruve Rural District Council and other local authorities.

Report by Brian Chitemba

Sources told the Zimbabwe Independent Dinha wrestled eight citrus farms and 
allegedly parcelled them out to his close associates under the guise of 
repossessing under-utilised farms.

The farms were allocated to the local authorities in the province at the 
height of the controversial land reform programme, but a decade later Dinha 
unilaterally re-allocated the vast plantations to his business cronies.

At the centre of a storm is Marimambada Citrus Farm which was owned by 
Guruve Rural District Council which Dinha allocated a close colleague, 
Sydney Gwaze, through the Mashonaland Provincial Lands Committee. Dinha 
chairs the lands committee in his capacity as provincial governor.

Dinha issued an offer letter to Gwaze to immediately takeover the vast 
Marimambada farm on April 12.

The Guruve District Council has launched a fierce battle to regain control 
of the citrus farm which was the local authority’s cash-cow as it was used 
as collateral to access credit facilities to finance capital projects.

The council approached Chombo and also filed papers in the High Court to 
reverse the reallocation of the property. Chombo opposed the seizure and 
confronted Dinha seeking return of all grabbed assets. He also engaged 
Murerwa who signed the offer letters at the instigation of Dinha, who 
indicated that the farms were under-utilised.

Although Chombo could not be reached for comment, Dinha defended his stance 
and vowed never to reverse the citrus farm grabs, saying the Mashonaland 
Provincial Lands Committee was in agreement that the plantations were 
under-utilised by councils.

“The lands committee decided to re-allocate the farms because councils were 
running down the properties,” said Dinha. “We directed that eight farms be 
repossessed and allocated to serious farmers because we can’t sit and watch 
councils failing to produce,” he said.

He said the lands committee was due to meet to deliberate on the raging 
dispute over the repossession of the properties.

Sources said the citrus fruit farms were major sources of cash for the broke 
councils and the move by Dinha to re-allocate them has left the local 
authorities penniless.

The seizure of the citrus farms is seen as part of an asset grab by senior 
Zanu PF officials, some of whom are currently wreaking havoc in the Save 


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