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A ZIMBABWEAN white farmer who in 2008 was arrested over alleged links to British Sky TV now faces eviction from his piece of land in Fort Rixon in the Matabeleland South province.

Craig Markram Edy was implicated in the matter after three South African nationals were intercepted at a roadblock in Esigodini and found to be in possession of “illegal” television equipment bearing the Sky logo.

The trio led the police to the premises where they had collected the equipment in Bulawayo’s Belmont area belonging to Edy leading to his arrest.

Now, according to court records, Edy will appear at the Gwanda magistrate courts on Tuesday for defying President Robert Mugabe’s 2007 directive to vacate the farm.

He is being charged for occupying gazetted land without lawful authority.

Other white farmers who will be hauled before the same court on similar charges include Edy’s Fort Rixon collegues Peter Cahill (19 February) and Barbra Nel (25 February).

James Mcdonald Crawford of Kezi will be in court on the 27th of this month.

In 2003, a notice was given in terms of the Land Acquisition Act indicating that it was the President’s intention to compulsorily acquire farms for the purposes of resettlement.

In terms of the Gazetted Land Act the four farmers were supposed to vacate their land in February 2007 when the Act became operational but the farmers did not comply.

In December 2013,Gwanda magistrate Reuben Mukavhi ordered West Nicholson farmer Dudley Rogers to immediately vacate his farm after

convicting him of illegally occupying land.

Last month, Matabeleland South provincial affairs minister Abedinico Ncube announced the lands committee had resolved to evict banana farmer George Watson from Double “O” ranch in Gwanda

Source : New Zimbabwe