THE High Court has set aside the eviction order of war veteran Cynthia Maadza from the President’s Office from lot J of Borrowdale (Crowhill), who is embroiled in a land dispute with Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo.
Maadza was allocated the piece of land in 2003 as stated by her offer letter dated November 10 2003 which reads: “You are offered subdivision 1 of lot J of Borrowdale in Goromonzi district for agricultural purposes.”
In a High Court order of July 7 2014, (HC 0031388) seen by the Zimbabwe Independent, the eviction has been set aside because Maadza was allocated the land by government under the land reform programme.
“The writ of ejectment issued in favour of first respondent (Crowhill Company) against applicant is hereby set aside,” reads the High Court order.
Chombo is alleged to have offered the piece of land in question to Crowhill (Pvt) Ltd, a company owned by Cephas Msipa (son to former Midlands governor Cephas Msipa) and Ozias Bvute.
In his letter to the Crowhill manager identified as T Hlongwane dated July 9 2008, Chombo wrote: “The ministry supports your proposal to embark on a housing project at lot J of Borrowdale Estate Township in partnership with West Properties (Pvt) Ltd.”
“By copy of this letter the department of physical planning and Goromonzi Rural District council are advised to facilitate implementation of the project.”
In an interview, Maadza said, “We wonder whether the president is aware of the treatment we are getting as war veterans. I am still out of the farm and do not even know what to do next in order to get back to my farm,” she said, adding: “This is going to trigger another Chimurenga because all these business people who are taking our land are fronting for their white counterparts.”
Maadza said she reported Chombo to President Robert Mugabe because there is no way he can sell state land gazetted and allocated to a Zimbabwean.
“On September 2 2011 I met with the president who instructed Mutasa (Didymus) that this issue must be resolved immediately but Chombo instructed the messenger of court to evict my family and employees,” Maadza said.
On August 9 2013 the principal private secretary to the president, Lawrence Kamwi, also wrote to Mutasa asking him to resolve the issue.
Bvute however said he is yet to see the court papers. “I have not received or seen any court documents with regards to that issue so there is nothing to comment on,” Bvute said.