Madzibaba Enock of Johanne Masowe Apostolic church is reportedly resisting eviction from a Budiriro stand saying he has the backing of President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
He is embroiled in a land dispute with land developer Fifty Angels Company.
The land under dispute is at number 2254, which forms the remainder of Gleneagles Farm in Budiriro 4.
Harare City Council recently got a provisional court order evicting Madzibaba Enock, real name Hebert Senda and Johane Masowe members from the land.
Senda and the Johane Masowe members have refused to budge. Instead, they have allegedly threatened law enforcement officers with violence.
The matter has since been brought before Harare Provincial minister Oliver Chidawu who told The Independent that “those are allegations that we still have to investigate.”
TThe Independent was told by a source close to the developments that Senda has defied court orders. Said the source:
Senda has on various occasions claimed to have the backing of President Mnangagwa. This has seen him defying a number of court orders and various efforts by the City Council to carry out surveys on the land.
In December last year, the City of Harare department of works wrote to ZRP requesting protection to allow them to carry out a title survey on the disputed Budiriro land since the Johane Masowe members were allegedly violently attacking the surveyors.
What courts said:
- i). High Court Judge Justice Benjamin Chikowero issued a provisional order on April 06, 2022 in favour of City of Harare barring Johane Masowe Echishanu housing co-operative from accessing stand 18759 Budiriro 4 and interfering in any manner with the City of Harare’s operations on the stand, which appears on the plan. This plan was approved by the Acting Chief Director of Spatial Planning and development on August 3, 2021.
- ii). The High Court also ordered Johane Masowe Echishanu Housing Co-operative, Herbert Senda, and five others to remove their illegal structures and failure of which City of Harare officials would be authorised to demolish the structures.
- iii). The respondents were also banned from selling the stand in Budiriro 4 as it appears on plan number TP2F/WR/17/1 of the City of Harare.
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