Resettled farmer sues former Rhodesian PM’s grandson over farm

NEWLY-RESETTLED Matabeleland South farmer, Sibongile Shava, has approached the High Court in Bulawayo seeking the eviction of former Rhodesian Prime Minister Howard Unwin Moffat’s grandson, Robert, from Oakland Farm in Insiza district.

BY SILAS NKALA

In summons filed at the High Court on June 13, Shava claimed she acquired the farm early this month under the land reform programme.
She cited Robert and Lands and Rural Resettlement minister Douglas Mombeshora as respondents.

Robert’s grandfather was Southern Rhodesia’s second premier from 1927 to 1933.

“The plaintiff has instituted an action against you claiming an order declaring the plaintiff the legal owner of Subdivision 2 of
Oakland Farm in Insiza. An

order directing that the first defendant vacates subdivision 2 within 10 days of the granting of the order,” part of the summons read.

In her declaration of the claim, Shava, the widow of a Central Intelligence Organisation operative, submitted that on June 6, she was allocated subdivision 2 of Oaklands farm in Insiza measuring 216 hectares.

She said she accepted the offer from the Ministry of Lands and Rural Resettlement, but her efforts to occupy the farm hit a snag after Robert allegedly refused to vacate the property.

Robert is yet to respond to the summons.

Prior to the latest application, Shava was recently recognised as the bona fide owner of the farm after the small claims court ruled in her favour.

But Robert applied for and won a High Court interdict order barring Shava from taking over the farm pending a review of the small claims court ruling.

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