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Time Bank shareholders fight to reclaim land

BY BUSINESS REPORTER TBIC Investments is in a tussle with Kennedy Mangenje over the ownership of land in Goromonzi district. TBIC acquired the land in 1999. In 2003, TBIC got approval for the change of land use from agriculture to residential. The farm was compulsorily acquired by government in 2005 under the land reform programme on the basis that it was agricultural land. It was then offered to Mangenje when Didymus Mutasa was the Lands and State Security minister. In his founding affidavit, TBIC Investments director Kilian Kapaso said he was seeking stay of execution of judgments handed down by the Supreme Court and the High Court on March 1, 2018 and October 30, 2013 respectively pending the determination by the Constitutional Court on their application for leave to appeal. Kapaso said the execution of the High Court and Supreme judgments implies and entails the cancellation of Deed Transfer Number 1724/2009 registered in favour of TBIC on March 18, 2009. He said the execution of the judgments would result in the transfer of its immovable property known as the remaining extent of Stunt to the President of Zimbabwe and the ejectment of the applicants and “all those claiming rights of occupation through them from the already mentioned immovable property”. Kapaso said if the land, measuring 583,1360 hectares, was transferred to the State, Mangenje and many other persons would occupy the land and cause irreparable harm to TBIC. “The immovable property is now residential land which has been properly surveyed. It will be used for agricultural purposes and all the beacons, pegs and other property installed and fixed by TBIC will be removed or destroyed,” he said. “The first applicant [TBIC] has sold to bona fide third parties some of the residential stands created in terms of subdivision permit issued to the 1st applicant by government.” In an earlier letter to Magenje dated May 22, 2018 seeking for an out of court settlement to resolve the impasse, Kapaso said the closure of Time Bank meant that TBIC could not submit to the courts evidence that the land in question had its land use changed as the documents were at the bank. He said without that documentary evidence, the court had ruled in Mangenje’s favour. Kapaso said by the time TBIC had all the necessary documents after the resolution of the dispute between the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and Time Bank, the court deadlines for the submission of responses had lapsed.

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