Buyanga’s hands are clean: AG

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Her­ald Re­porter

THE At­tor­ney-Gen­eral’s Of­fice yes­ter­day said busi­ness­man Mr Frank Buyanga was free to con­duct prop­erty trans­fers in Zim­babwe as they had only launched a probe into his deal­ings in the wake of com­plaints by peo­ple who lost prop­er­ties they sur­ren­dered as surety for loans.

The probe was, how­ever, dropped af­ter it be­came ev­i­dent the com­plainants had de­faulted on pay­ing the loans ad­vanced by the youth­ful busi­ness­man who re­cently im­ported an avante garde Bu­gatti Vey­ron.

“A few years ago we car­ried out some in­ves­ti­ga­tions on him but we dis­cov­ered that these peo­ple who had ap­proached our of­fices had bor­rowed money from Mr Buyanga and were only try­ing to find a way of not pay­ing him back the money,’’ the AG’s Of­fice said yes­ter­day.

“We even went to the ex­tent of deny­ing to pros­e­cute him since there was no case against him. Mr Buyanga is, how­ever, not black­listed from mak­ing prop­erty trans­fers. There is noth­ing like that.”

On Thurs­day, a regis­trar from the Deeds Of­fice tes­ti­fied in court that the busi­ness­man, who has been at the cen­tre of an al­leged fraud­u­lent house sale, was in fact the le­gal prop­erty owner.

Ac­cord­ing to Ellen Run­yararo Mawire, ti­tle deeds held at her of­fice in re­spect of the prop­erty in ques­tion were legally reg­is­tered in Buyanga’s name but the regis­trar had re­jected Bishop Jeche’s (the now ac­cused per­son’s) at­tempt to trans­fer the prop­erty into his name.

Jeche and his com­pany East Rivet are ap­pear­ing be­fore Harare re­gional mag­is­trate Mr Hosea Mu­jaya charged with al­leged per­jury and fraud af­ter al­legedly ly­ing un­der oath that they had be­come prop­erty own­ers af­ter buy­ing the house for $35 000 from Buyanga.

The court heard that Steven Nyoka was sub­se­quently evicted from the prop­erty con­se­quent to Jeche’s ac­tion.

Nyoka claimed that af­ter re­ceiv­ing a $19 000 loan from Buyanga his prop­erty val­ued at $130 000 was re­port­edly later sold in breach of an agree­ment the par­ties en­tered into.

Tes­ti­fy­ing be­fore Mr Mu­jaya, Mawire said the regis­trar re­quired a con­veyancer to bring an old deed, draft of the new deed, dec­la­ra­tion by pur­chaser, rates clear­ance cer­tifi­cates and stamp duty for trans­fer of im­mov­able prop­erty from one per­son to the other.

She said the doc­u­ments would go through a vet­ting process be­fore be­ing signed or re­jected by the regis­trar of deeds.

“If the doc­u­men­ta­tion had any queries it would be re­jected and the deed I have here ID num­ber 974/2010 in­di­cates that Or­ton Drift, which is Buyanga’s com­pany, is the owner of the prop­erty,” Mawire said.

“How­ever, trans­fer was re­jected be­cause in 2010 when East River ap­proached our of­fices the then At­tor­ney-Gen­eral through ChrisMu­tan­gadura had given us in­struc­tions bar­ring our of­fices from trans­fer­ring any of Buyanga’s prop­er­ties be­cause there were pend­ing is­sues in court.

“Ac­cord­ing to records held at our of­fice the house be­longs to Or­tonDrift and although East River made ef­forts it was re­jected and no deed was trans­ferred.”

Jeche’s lawyer, Mr Ad­mire Rubaya, was happy that the Deeds Of­fice had dis­cred­ited Nyoka as the le­gal owner of the prop­erty.

His ar­gu­ment was that there are doc­u­ments re­flect­ing that Or­ton Drift had sold the house to East River and that sale was ac­tu­ally en­dorsed on the deed of trans­fer although it had been re­jected.

“As it stands and with author­ity you can tell that Nyoka is not the owner of the prop­erty in ques­tion? It was since trans­ferred from Nyoka to East River? There has been no court or­der which stopped trans­fer from Or­ton Drift to East River?”

Mr Buyanga could not be reached for com­ment.

Health and Child Care Min­is­ter Dr Oba­diah Moyo (right) re­ceives do­na­tions to­wards the anti-cholera fight from No­var­tis Group Global head of cor­po­rate re­spon­si­bil­ity Dr Pa­trice Match­aba-Hove (cen­tre) while Harare Mayor Coun­cil­lor Her­bert Gomba (left) looks on at Beatrice Road In­fec­tious Dis­eases Hospi­tal in Harare yes­ter­day. -(Pic­ture by Mem­ory Man­gombe)

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