An official in the Ministry of Lands was on Tuesday grilled by members of Parliament over fresh farm invasions witnessed in Manicaland province recently.
Secretary in the Ministry, Ringson Chitsiko appeared before the Lands Parliamentary Portfolio Committee where the legislators demanded to know why the Provincial Affairs Minister Ellen Gwaradzimba’s son Remembrance Mbudzana was offered land belonging to Richard Le Vieux, a coffee farmer.
Chitsiko revealed that Mbudzana was given plot 1 of Farfell Coffee Estates early this year. He said:
What happens is that an offer letter might be given to an individual, but in due course, it is realised that, in fact, such an offer letter should not have been given.
The process of reversing is that the holder of the unintended offer letter is given the notice to withdraw and should respond within seven days, but in this case (of Mbudzana), it was not a case of illegal resettlement and the individual in question had an offer letter.
The offer letter to Mbudzana must have been issued sometime at the beginning of this year.
The government has since revoked the offer letter given to Mbudzan and assured the former Swiss banker security of tenure.
Farfell Coffee Estate is a coffee farm and company in Chipinge, Zimbabwe. The farm belongs to Richard Le Vieux a retired Swiss banker. Farfell produces coffee, avocado, and macadamia nuts for export. Read More About Farfell Coffee Estate
Ellen Gwaradzimba is a Zimbabwean politician and Zanu-PF member. She is the current Manicaland Provincial Affairs Minister. Read More About Ellen Gwaradzimba
Ringson Chitsiko is the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement. Read More About Ringson Chitsiko