Zimbabwean farmer Phillip Rankin has filed a High Court application to have Police Commissioner-General Augustine Chihuri found in contempt of court for allegedly refusing to remove police officers from his farm, sent there to pave the way for medical doctor Sylvester Nyatsuro, a British citizen, and his wife Veronica.
Newsday reports that court papers show that Rankin was in January this year forcibly evicted from his farm by Chihuri. The police boss allegedly instructed his subordinates to kick him out, paving the way for medical doctor Sylvester Nyatsuro, a British citizen, and his wife Veronica.
In February, High Court judge, Justice Clement Phiri issued an order in Rankin’s favour. The report says Justice Phiri ordered Chihuri and the police to immediately vacate the farm as well as restore everything they had vandalised.
In his latest application, Rankin said the court order was served to all the concerned parties, but Chihuri was still refusing to budge.
However, the report says, in response to the application, Ministry of Lands permanent secretary, Grace Mutandiro defended Chihuri’s actions, arguing the matter had since been appealed at the Supreme Court.
The matter is yet to be set down for hearing.
The report says there were demonstrations against Nyatsuro in Nottingtham, England, where he runs a medical facility, with Britons demanding that he be deported following the farm occupation.Full Newsday report