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NEWLY appointed Masvingo provincial affairs minister Shuvai Mahofa has moved in to block tourism minister Walter Mzembi from seizing a farm in the province.

Mahofa said his predecessor, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, was wrong to give Mzembi an offer letter for the property.

Bhasikiti was recently fired by President Robert Mugabe over allegations he was part of the alleged coup plot by former vice president Joice Mujuru.

And it appears Mzembi, also thought to have been part of the Mujuru camp, is suffering the consequences of choosing the wrong side in the ruling Zanu PF party’s bitter faction fights.

Mzembi was trying to move onto Barquest Farm, which is home to the province’s largest hatchery project that produces 100,000 day-old chicks per week.

The property, owned by Hellen Mitchell, is located near Lake Mutirikwi, some 20km east of Masvingo city.

Mahofa however, said Mzembi should look elsewhere if he needs a farm.

“We are not saying Minister Mzembi should not get a farm but the farm he was allocated (Barquest) is strategic to the province (Masvingo) because it supplies day old chicks that sustain lives of many ordinary people,” she said.

“I think there was a mistake on the part of Cde Bhasikiti when he allowed Minister Mzembi to get an offer letter for Barquest Farm. Maybe he did not know the history behind it.”

Mzembi said he had imported equipment which was already on the high seas as he prepared to move onto the property.

“I have my own equipment (hatchery) that is on the seas and I have no intention of taking anyone’s equipment. My offer letter is for an area that was gazetted.

“I am a Zimbabwean who is also entitled to land like any other person.”

Source : New Zimbabwe