Chihuri ordered to enforce eviction

Munyaradzi Wasosa

THE High Court has ordered Police Commissioner Augustine Chihuri to enforce an earlier High Court ruling to evict Zanu PF militia who are illegally occupying offices of the opposition MDC i

n Chimanimani.


High Court judge Justice Yunus Omerjee issued the order on Tuesday following the filing of an application by Birgit and Shane Kidd, the owners of the building that houses the MDC district offices, to have the invaders removed.


Cited as respondents are New Ziana chairman Munacho Mutezo, Chihuri and a Misheck Beta who is said to be leading the invaders.


Mutezo has been actively campaigning to represent Zanu PF in Chimanimani in next year’s parliamentary election.


About a month ago, militant ruling party supporters attacked and occupied the MDC offices in response to an incident in parliament involving local MP Roy Bennett.


Omerjee instructed Chihuri to evict the invaders in the event that they ignore the order to vacate the premises immediately.


“Respondents and all persons acting in concert with them shall restore forthwith possession or occupation of applicants’ (the Kidds) building in Chimanimani village, failing which the 17th respondent (Chihuri) is hereby ordered to evict them and restore possession to applicants,” Omerjee said.


Omerjee also ordered Mutezo and 15 other respondents not to harass, assault or threaten the Kidds and to meet the costs of the High Court application.


In a High Court affidavit Birgit Kidd, a Finnish citizen, said she was abducted and assaulted on Monday allegedly by Zanu PF supporters.


“On May 28, respondents and Zanu PF supporters numbering about 2 000 forced their way to our house chanting slogans against me and my husband as well as denouncing Bennett,” Birgit Kidd (60) said.


“The group said they did not want us in Chimanimani anymore because our building houses the offices of the MDC.”


Kidd added that the mob said it was exacting revenge for Bennett’s alleged attack on Patrick Chinamasa and Didymas Mutasa in parliament.


Kidd said she was then force-marched to their building, which was extensively damaged.


In an interview yesterday, Kidd said she was going to the occupied MDC offices with her husband when war veterans and Zanu PF youths launched a fresh attack on Monday.


“Men claiming to be war veterans and Zanu PF youths claiming to be working on instructions from Joseph Mwale, a CIO operative, attacked us,” Kidd said.


“Three people beat me up with sticks and ‘smashed’ my head with a rock, while six people attacked my husband.”


Kidd claimed that she sustained a dislocated shoulder and has 16 head stitches.


MDC Manicaland provincial information secretary Pishai Muchauraya confirmed the attack claiming soldiers illegally camped at Bennett’s Charleswood farm spearheaded it.

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