By Court Correspondent

The Minister of Lands and Agriculture, Anxious Masuka is reportedly meddling in the devorce case between Former Cabinet Minister Ignatius Chombo and his ex-wife Marian Chombo.

Marian Chombo is the current Resident Minister for Mashonaland West.

Ignatius Chombo is a beneficiary of land reform, had occupied Allan Grange Farm in Zvimba for more than 22 years, having signed a 99-year lease with the Government.

Minister Masuka wrote to Chombo in June 2021 advising him of the cancellation of a 99-year-lease issued in 2006.

Part of the reasons for cancellation stated by Minister Masuka included to retain Marian Chombo’s rights to regain access to her ex-husband’s farm.

While the matter was still pending in court, Minister Masuka reportedly started the process of subdividing the farm for resettlement of new farmers.

Chombos’ contention through his legal counsel Professor Lovemore Madhuku that the Minister had no powers to cancel the 99-year-lease in terms of the Land Commission Act. Chombo was allocated the farm in 2001, and subsequently had a 99-year lease agreement approved in 2006.