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    Marapira put on defence over corruption

    TATENDA CHIZU

    MASVINGO – The Deputy Minister of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement, Davis Marapira (50) is appearing in court to defend himself against allegations of corruption made by a prominent war veteran from Masvingo.
    Marapira was accused by Isaih Muzenda (60), a war veteran who is also chairman of a conservancy in Masvingo of corruptly acquiring Lamotie Farm under the land redistribution programme. Muzenda accused Marapira of abusing his office as deputy minister to remove Beauty Mutatiwa from the farm and settling himself.
    The matter emerged after Muzenda sent the accusations to Marapira through phone messages. Marapira then reported Muzenda to the Police accusing him of violating the Postal Telecommunication Act which makes it illegal to send by telephone messages that are false for the purpose of causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.
    Muzenda did not dispute the allegations to the Police. He however, said he was not guilty of the charge and vowed to stand by the messages and defend himself in court.
    "I do not admit to the charge levelled against me. I was texting messages to Marapira on the cellphone as he is my MP. I am the co-ordinator of the conservancy of which the complainant is a member. The messages  sent to him are true, the complainant corruptly acquired Lamotie Farm.
    "The complainant abused his power to remove Beauty Mutatiwa using her husband Elmon Chiware, a school teacher at Urombo Primary School. Mutatiwa was given the farm as a conservancy not what the complainant is doing; farming crops," said Muzenda in court documents.
    Muzenda will appear at Masvingo Magistrate Court by way of summon represented by Knowledge Mabvure of Chihambakwe Law Chambers.The case was supposed to have appeared in court yesterday, Wednesday.
    Marapira refuted in his court papers that he got the farm corruptly. He said that he exchanged the farm with Mutatiwa after it was realised that he was a very good farmer and needed to be moved out of his previous farm to go to a bigger farm.
    "In 2003 I was allocated plot number 12 Wondedzo, Masvingo District. I developed the plot and I was the best farmer in the Province in animal and crop husbandry. The provincial lands committee recommended that I be given a bigger farm in 2011. I was given Lamotie Farm and it was a direct swop with Mutaiwa," said Marapira in his papers.
    He said it was then that the accused started sending him messages including making inferences that he was a soldier.news

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