Bulawayo High Court judge, Justice Lawrence Kamocha has ordered 11 Rouxdale farm villagers in Bubi district to stop interfering with the construction of a private boarding school by a local businessman.
BY SILAS NKALA
The businessman, only identified as Moyo in court papers, filed an urgent chamber application at the Bulawayo High Court after the villagers engaged in a protest to stop his project, arguing it was encroaching on their grazing land.
He cited the 11 villagers, the sheriff of Zimbabwe and the police officer-in-charge of Inyathi district as respondents.
“The first to 11th respondents and those working in association with them or instructing them or acting under their instructions be and are, hereby, permanently barred from blocking off access or interfering with the construction or development of the said school in any way whatsoever,” Justice Kamocha said in his ruling.
The judge also ordered the villagers to vacate the school site and stop blocking Moyo’s employees from accessing the property.
He instructed the police and the sherriff to visit the farm to ensure the 11 villagers had vacated the school site with immediate effect.
In his founding affidavit, Moyo had submitted that sometime in 2015, he approached Bubi RDC and councillor for ward 14 requesting land to build a boarding school.
A motion was passed on September 24 last year approving the project and the proposal for the school was approved.
Moyo said he had so far paid $1 000 to the local authority. Moyo submitted that on October 26 this year, the 11 villagers blocked the gate to the project and stopped his workers from accessing the site, thereby, stopping the construction works.