Kudzanai Chipanga, the former Zanu-PF Youth league leader and ardent supporter of former President Robert Mugabe is set to lose his Wakefield farm to the government. The government has said that it is going to repossess the farm because Chipanga corruptly acquired it despite the fact that it was meant for the construction of a university. Chipanga is also alleged to be renting out the farm to the former owner for $7 000 per month at the expense of conducting any meaningful activity.
This comes after Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Patrick Chinamasa said:
…We had set aside three farms, which were gazetted by the then Minister of Lands, Didymus Mutasa. This one was set aside for the construction of Manicaland State University.
I also went with Mandi Chimene (then Manicaland Minister of State for Provincial Affairs) and showed her the land. I was shocked to hear that they had given the same land to Chipanga. Maybe G40 meant to spite me, but that land remains a national asset.
Minister of State for Manicaland Provincial Affairs Senator Monica Mutsvangwa added:
The original farm owner was allegedly told by Chipanga to pay him $10 000 every month and continue farming…the farmer ended up paying Chipanga $7 000 every month.
…Chipanga still wants to return to the farm, but there is no activity that he is doing. We made it clear that the farm is earmarked for the university.
Chipanga became notorious for his outrageous and shocking statements made to ingratiate himself to the first family, before their fall in the November 2017 military intervention. After Mugabe’s fall, Chipanga was booted out of Zanu-PF and is facing a number of criminal charges at the courts.