YOU ARE JUST A THIRD PARTY : MOYO'S WIFE LOSES FARM FIGHT

A High Court judge has ruled that the wife of exiled Professor Jonathan Moyo, Beatrice, cannot fight for her husband’s farm in Zimbabwe as she has no legal standing on the matter.

Moyo rushed to the High Court to block a man, Mr Barclos Mujuru allocated land on their Mazowe farm which the Government is seeking to repossess. Justice Esther Muremba dismissed the urgent application fronted by Mrs Moyo.

She said if the offer letter was in the name of Professor Moyo, then what standing did Mrs Moyo have to challenge the withdrawal of the letter. If Mrs Moyo was on the farm, then she was riding on the offer letter of her husband, and thus as an individual she has no right to that land.

“She is just a third party who is in occupation of the land by virtue of being married to the second applicant.

“She is farming on the land and her interest is purely economic. This constitutes financial interest, which is only indirect interest and that does not give her locus standi.”

Justice Muremba found that Prof Moyo did not file an affidavit to show that he was before the court and there was not even a power of attorney by him authorising anyone to act on his behalf in bringing the proceedings before the court.

 

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