News:Mphoko Accused Of Shielding White Commercial Farmer To Pave Way For A Senior Zanu PF Member

<vote /> Vice President Phelekezela Mphoko is being accused of shielding a white commercial farmer, John Osborne, from vacating his gazetted farm to pave way for a senior Zanu-PF provincial official identified as Herbert Shumbamhini.

Shumbamhini was recently pushed out of Divonia Farm in Goromonzi by President Robert Mugabe’s in-laws, including son-in-law Simba Chikore, the husband of Mugabe’s daughter Bona.

According to documents that are in NewsDay's possession, suspended Mashonaland East Province political commissar Shumbamhini has an offer letter dated January 22, 2016 and signed by Lands and Rural Resettlement minister Douglas Mombeshora (REF:LLRR704), for the 337-hectare Lot 1 of Maryland Farm in Macheke.

But Osborne is refusing to leave the land with backing from Mphoko who wrote a letter to Mashonaland East Provincial Affairs minister Ambrose Mutinhiri, ordering that Osborne should remain at Maryland and that the province should look for alternative land to give to Shumbamhini.

Both Mphoko and Minister of State in his office, Tabetha Kanengoni-Malinga, were unavailable for comment yesterday.

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