Land war pits di­as­po­ran against Bubi vil­lagers

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Mashudu Net­sianda

A BUSI­NESS­MAN based in the di­as­pora is locked in a pro­tracted le­gal wran­gle with 11 vil­lagers who are al­legedly op­posed to his plan of set­ting up a pri­vate board­ing school at Roux­dale Farm in Bubi dis­trict.

Mr Tha­bani Moyo, through his lawyers, Moyo and Nyoni Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers, yes­ter­day filed an ur­gent cham­ber ap­pli­ca­tion at the Bu­l­awayo High Court cit­ing the 11 vil­lagers, the of­fi­cer-in-charge of Queenspark Po­lice Sta­tion and the Sher­iff of the High Court as the re­spon­dents.

Moyo is seek­ing an or­der in­ter­dict­ing the vil­lagers and those act­ing or work­ing in con­nivance with them from in­ter­fer­ing with the con­struc­tion work of Qunt­wasi Se­condary School.

He also wants an or­der di­rect­ing the Sher­iff with the as­sis­tance of po­lice to evict the vil­lagers from the site of the school.

Moyo, in his found­ing af­fi­davit de­posed by his wife, Mrs Si­man­gele Moyo, ar­gued that he was given green light by the Bubi Ru­ral Dis­trict Coun­cil to con­struct the school.

“Some­time in 2015, ap­pli­cant, the Bubi RDC and the coun­cil­lor for Ward 14 with the in­ten­tion, re­quest and pro­posal for land on which to build a board­ing school. A mo­tion was made and passed Septem­ber 24, 2015 where­from it is ap­par­ent that the es­tab­lish­ment of the school was a wel­come ini­tia­tive. The rel­e­vant coun­cil com­mit­tee mem­bers rep­re­sent­ing all vil­lages in the area all agreed that the ap­pli­cant be given a piece of land for the pur­poses of con­struct­ing a pri­vate school in their ward,” said Mrs Moyo.

She said her hus­band made a spe­cial ap­pli­ca­tion for lease of State land and it was granted with­out ob­jec­tions be­ing raised by the dis­trict lands of­fi­cer, the pro­vin­cial es­tate man­age­ment of­fi­cer and the chief lands of­fi­cer.

“Ap­pli­cant is a pa­tri­otic Zim­bab­wean who while work­ing out­side the coun­try has a de­sire to con­trib­ute to fos­ter­ing de­vel­op­ment in Zim­babwe. His pro­posal to build the school was ac­cepted and ap­pre­ci­ated as it would bring de­vel­op­ment to an area which has a short­age of ed­u­ca­tional fa­cil­i­ties. The ap­pli­ca­tion was ap­proved by the Bubi RDC,” said Mrs Moyo.

She said a let­ter from the Min­istry of Lands and Ru­ral Re­set­tle­ment shows that the land was not ini­tially al­lo­cated to any­one, but was left for de­vel­op­ment pur­poses.

“Ap­pli­cant has al­ready paid $1 000 to Bubi RDC for plan ap­proval and the area has been fenced and gated at his ex­pense. On Oc­to­ber 26, the re­spon­dents bar­ri­caded the gate of the school site and they have locked it, deny­ing ap­pli­cant’s work­ers ac­cess and con­struc­tion of the school has stopped. The ap­pli­cant has a prima fa­cie right hav­ing been al­lo­cated the land for the pur­pose of build­ing a school,” said Mrs Moyo.

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