Grace Mu­gabe’s sis­ter ar­rested

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Tendai Ru­papa and Anesu Madiye

FOR­MER First Lady Mrs Grace Mu­gabe’s sis­ter, Ju­nior Shu­vai Gum­bochuma, yes­ter­day ap­peared in court fac­ing three counts of fraud after she al­legedly mis­rep­re­sented to the Gov­ern­ment, her ca­pac­ity to de­velop land into res­i­den­tial stands but later sold the land at a huge profit, al­beit with­out mak­ing any de­vel­op­ments.

Gum­bochuma ap­peared be­fore mag­is­trate Mr Elisha Singano and was re­leased on $500 bail. She was re­manded to Oc­to­ber 23. As part of her bail con­di­tions, Gum­bochuma was or­dered to sur­ren­der her pass­port and re­port twice a week at Con­ces­sion Po­lice Sta­tion.

She was also or­dered to con­tinue re­sid­ing at her ad­dress, Kachere Farm in Bin­dura, and not to in­ter­fere with wit­nesses and ev­i­dence.

It is the State’s case that some­time in Au­gust 2014, stands num­ber 139 and 140 Gilling­ham Es­tate in Dzi­vare­sekwa were avail­able for sale to de­serv­ing and ca­pa­ble de­vel­op­ers who could sub­di­vide them into high-den­sity res­i­den­tial stands.

Gum­bochuma mis­rep­re­sented to the Min­istry of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Pub­lic Works and Na­tional Hous­ing that she had the ca­pac­ity to de­velop the land.

On March 27, 2015, she was of­fered the land and was asked to pay $424 426 to the min­istry.

Gum­bochuma, the State al­leges, who had nei­ther the ca­pac­ity to pay the in­trin­sic land value nor to de­velop it then formed and reg­is­tered a

com­pany called Scanlen (Pvt) Ltd as a ve­hi­cle to ef­fect her fraud­u­lent trans­ac­tion.

Be­tween Au­gust and Oc­to­ber 2017, Gum­bochuma sold the land to N-Frasys for $2 060 000,00 with­out pay­ing for the land. She made a profit of $1 636 574 with­out do­ing any­thing.

N-Frasys then paid the in­trin­sic land value to the min­istry and paid the bal­ance to Gum­bochuma, the court heard.

Ac­cord­ing to the State, of Gum­bochuma’s con­duct was prej­u­di­cial to the good ad­min­is­tra­tion of the min­istry as Gum­bochuma prof­i­teered from State land thereby dis­tort­ing the mar­ket value of the land from a mere $424 426 to an in­flated value of $2 060 000 with­out mak­ing any de­vel­op­ments.

On the sec­ond charge, it is al­leged that in Fe­bru­ary 2016, Gum­bochuma mis­rep­re­sented that Rodonior (Pvt) Ltd was a reg­is­tered com­pany ca­pa­ble of con­tract­ing as a le­gal per­sona.

As such, she made an ap­pli­ca­tion for land un­der the un­reg­is­tered com­pany and the min­istry act­ing upon the mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion al­lo­cated 150 hectares of land in Good Hope to Rodonior (Pvt) Ltd.

On the third charge in Au­gust of the same year, Gum­bochuma again used the same com­pany and made an ap­pli­ca­tion for al­lo­ca­tion of land in Chishawasha B Goromonzi.

A few days later, the min­istry act­ing upon the mis­rep­re­sen­ta­tion al­lo­cated 20 hectares of land to Gum­bochuma, it is al­leged.

Checks made with the Reg­is­trar of Deeds and Com­pa­nies con­firmed that Rodonior (Pvt) Ltd was not reg­is­tered.

Messrs Michael Reza and Se­bas­tian Mu­tizirwa rep­re­sented the State while Pro­fes­sor Love­more Mad­huku and Mr Shin­gi­rai Ushe­wokunze acted on be­half of Gum­bochuma.

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