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» » Chivhu Zanu PF youth accused of snatching private land, assaulting owner

Elliot Jinjika

CHIVHU - A man from Sadza claims he lost his residential stand to a Zanu PF youth leader to who went on to assault him following a heated confrontation.
Jabulani Ziwenga says he was severely beaten by Bester Jokonya and his colleague Ishmael Kareya who is son to Chief Kareya.
Ziwenga claims he bought the land at Nharira shopping centre from Chikomba Rural District Council (RDC) before Headman Gura extended the land for him on condition he will not use the extension for farming or construction purposes as it lies close to Nharira Dam.
“I have all the papers to prove ownership of the land but I was shocked when I received news from my employee that Jokonya had seized part of the land and was building a structure on it. I responded by surrounding my land with steel poles but he removed them and continued with the construction work,” said Ziwenga.
He said Jokonya later approached his employee and assaulted him for trying to stop him from doing further work on the land.
When Ziwenga tried to restrain Ziwenga, Kareya reportedly intervened and both employer and employee were beaten to a pulp.
“We were heavily assaulted and my medical affidavits clearly show that. They boasted of being Zanu PF bigwigs who can do whatever they want. They told me that my land was too big and that as Zanu PF youths, they had the power to seize any piece of land with no consequences following them,” Ziwenga said.
He said he made a report at Nharira Police Camp where he was told to wait for further advice from the police.
When contacted for comment, Jokonya calmly dismissed the allegations and asked the reporter to attend a hearing of the case which he said was going to be held at the Chivhu Magistrates’ Court.
“He is telling lies. Nothing like that happened. I did not take the land away from him and if he is the rightful owner, he can just produce the title deeds since he claims he got the land from council. I did not assault him and you can attend the trial at the court,” said Jokonya.

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