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Elite High wins battle against church


THE High Court has ordered the Apostolic Faith Mission of Portland Oregon to allow Elite High School to return to its Gabbles Farm premises, which it evicted from five years ago.

Richard Muponde
Senior Reporter

Elite High School was founded by Maxwell Shumba and with his wife, Sibusisiwe in 1999 at the farm outside Bulawayo, but the institution was evicted following a fallout with the Pelandaba headquartered church.

The church established Green Gables School using the Elite High School facilities. Elite had a 20-year lease.

Shumba successfully sought a provisional order at the High Court on March 3 seeking to return to the premises.

Elite High School closed in 2009 after being evicted from Green Gables Farm near Khami Ruins.

The eviction happened at a time when students were about to write their national examinations.

They ended up writing from an alternative venue in Bulawayo.

Shumba and his wife Sibusisiwe built Elite in 1999 after entering into a lease agreement with the church to use Green Gables Farm where they were to run and operate a secondary school.

The school was then evicted by the Deputy Sheriff after the church, led by Richard Sibanda, then superintendent of Southern Africa, was granted an order by the High Court after the school authorities had failed to pay rent.

Green Gables High School was then opened in January 2010 and started using the same premises.

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