Buhera South MP Joseph Chinotimba (Zanu-PF) and his son, Edwin, have been taken to court by former Chipinge farm owners H De Foiard Brown (Pvt) Ltd, who are demanding over $842 000 in compensation for their seized land.
In his application H De Foiard Brown accuses Chinotimba and his son of forcibly evicting him off Chihosa of Subdivision A of Excelsior of Hofstede measuring 164,00 hectares and in the process causing them a huge financial loss. The summons read:
On January 28, 2015, first and second defendants (Chinotimba and son) forcibly removed plaintiff (H De Foiard Brown) and its employees from the property when they had no right to do so. Second defendant (Edwin) remains in occupation of the property. As a result of the wrongful eviction of plaintiff, plaintiff has suffered damages in the sum of $842 400 being the prospective income, which plaintiff would have earned, but for the wrongful eviction by the defendants. Wherefore plaintiff claims for damages against the defendants jointly and severally one paying the other to be absolved in the sum of $842 400 together with interest thereon calculated at the rate of 5% per annum from the date of service of summons to date of full payment plus cost of suit.
Chinotimba and his son are yet to enter an appearance to defend.