INFORMATION minister Jonathan Moyo was allocated more than one farm despite his angry denials, official documents show.
ments from the Agriculture ministry indicate that Moyo, who has been named together with other ministers as multiple farm owners, was given Paterson Farm in Mazowe and Lot 2 of Dete in Hwange. He was also linked to other farms in Matabeleland and Little Connemara in Nyanga. He has however denied ownership of all but one farm, Paterson.
A letter dated November 30 2001 and signed by Agriculture minister Joseph Made, also named as a multiple farm owner, shows Moyo was allocated Paterson Farm which measures 622,9 hectares.
The farm was described in the offer letter, whose reference was “offer of state land holding, Model 2 Phase 11”, as state and not private land.
The letter said Made’s then Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, and Rural Resettlement, which allocated Moyo the farm under the Agricultural Land Resettlement Act, “reserves the right to cancel/withdraw this offer if it is established that you failed to disclose essential information when you completed your application or when you were interviewed, such as the ownership or lease of other state land”.
Despite the description of Paterson Farm as state land, documents show that Moyo later went on to buy the property for a mere $6 million from Made’s ministry. The documents indicate that Moyo wrote a Jewel Bank cheque at the Westgate branch on July 22, 2002 as payment for the farm. The bank’s branch number was given as 6118 and the cheque number as 000003, while the account number was (01211) 66058401. A stamped Agriculture ministry receipt No 955419 shows that the payment was made on July 22, 2002 by “Prof JN Moyo” whose address was given as P Bag 7700 Causeway, Harare.
The payment followed a letter written by Agriculture permanent secretary Ngoni Masoka on April 29 2002 to Moyo informing him about the cost of the land and improvements.
“Our valuation figure for the improvements and land is $6 million,” Masoka said. “That is the figure that you are expected to pay for both improvements and land. The figure is broken down as follows: improvements $1,894 million and land $4,106 million.”
Documents say “Prof JN Moyo”, whose ID No was 63-0857281M-73, was also offered Lot 2 of Dete in Hwange which was estimated to be 3 165,16 hectares.
A letter signed by Made confirmed that Moyo was given the farm that was also described as state land. However, Moyo has said the farm belonged to a Jackie Mayers, his cousin. Moyo has also denied he owned another farm in Matabeleland, saying it belonged to his mother.
A number of ministers and high-ranking Zanu PF and government officials have been accused of using their influence to grab several farms and using proxies to hide them. President Robert Mugabe has vowed to recover the seized farms.