Chidzonga, cop in wrangle over farm

Conrad Dube

A FORMER member of parliament and a police officer are locked in a wrangle over the ownership of a farm to which both have offer letters.



etica, sans-serif”>Former Zanu PF MP for Mhondoro Mavis Chidzonga and an Assistant Police Commissioner Nyakutsikwa are at loggerheads over who should be occupying Idaho Farm in Chegutu.


The Zimbabwe Independent heard that Nyakutsikwa, in possession of an offer letter from the Ministry of Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement, called Chidzonga earlier this week and threatened her with arrest if she resisted his occupation of the farm. Apparently Chidzonga also has an offer letter from the ministry.


It has been established that four CID officers, only identified as Madyise, Jena, Thomson and Maphosa from Norton police, visited the property to ascertain who should occupy it.


The four are said to have been in possession of a letter of authority signed by deputy Police Commissioner Godwin Matanga to investigate farmers who might have used political influence to access A2 farms.


Chidzonga confirmed that Nyakutsikwa called her and advised her that he had been allocated the farm.


She denied owning two farms saying the Idaho issue was once investigated when it was alleged that she also owned Katawa Farm in Chegutu.

Chidzonga said the investigations revealed that she did not own Katawa.

“This is the work of people bent on tarnishing my image,” she said.


“The people we exposed when I was a member of the Utete Land Review committee are behind this but they have no case as this issue was dealt with a long time ago. In any case, Nyakutsikwa should be claiming title to Plot 1 instead of Plot 2 which was allocated to me.”


Permanent secretary for Lands, Land Reform and Resettlement Simon Pazvakavambwa said Nyakutsikwa was allocated Plot 1 while Chidzonga was allocated Plot 2.


He said: “There should not be a problem between the two because they have different plot numbers. I do not see why there should be a conflict when it is clear that they own two different plots.”

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