Jonathan Moyo’s Farm Under Threat From State Security Agents – Report

State security agents are reportedly trying to illegally possess a farm belonging to Professor Jonathan Moyo, a former cabinet minister who fled into exile at the height of the November 2017 military coup.

The Zimbabwe Independent reports that Moyo bought the farm, Elephant Trust Farm measuring 623 hectares in 2001.

He parted away with the equivalent of US$105 401,84 after getting a loan from the Commercial Bank of Zimbabwe (CBZ).

Moyo got the farm for “free” under the controversial land reform programme but opted to pay for it in full to get a secure title.

His lawyers wrote letters to the Ministry of Lands alleging that state security agents are attempting to seize the farm.

In one of the letters seen by the Zimbabwe Independent, the lawyers wrote:

We write at the instruction of our client Professor Jonathan Moyo who instructs us as follows: He is the owner of the remainder of Patterson Farm, measuring 622,9125 hectares, otherwise known as the Elephant Trust Farm situated in the district of Mazowe.

However, despite our client’s ownership of the farm, various suspicious individuals have been visiting Elephant Trust Farm in recent weeks and months with the clear intention of disturbing our client’s peaceful ownership of and operations at the property.

For instance, on Friday 3 May 2019, an expansive team comprising government, army, police and Central Intelligence Organisation officers representing the Mashonaland Central provinces Joint Operations Command visited the farm for the apparent purpose of commencing a process of dispossessing Professor Jonathan Moyo of Elephant Trust Farm.

Moyo fled the country after special forces allegedly laid siege to his house during the coup.

More: Zimbabwe Independent

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