Former MDC And ZANU PF Top Official Sued For Land Grab

A Harare man has dragged former MDC Alliance Harare provincial secretary for recruitment and mobilisation Shadreck Mashayamombe to court on allegations of stealing his residential stand.

Fungai Faranando Chiku filed a High Court application seeking an order barring Mashayamombe, who is also a former ZANU PF political commissar for Harare province, from interfering with his land in Ushewokunze.

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Chiku alleged Mashayamombe threatened him with death over a stand he said he inherited from his father, who was a member of the Ushewokunze Housing Cooperative Society.

Chiku said his father passed on in 2015. He said Mashayamombe claims ownership but is not even a member of the cooperative.

He further claimed that he had sought an interdict after Mashayamombe sent people to the stand to accost and threaten his family members and employees. Chiku said in his founding affidavit:

My late father was allocated stand No. 88 Ushewokunze, Harare of the stands that had been given to the 2nd applicant [housing copperative] by the Minister of Local government.

My father died on 18 January 2015. The second applicant transferred the stand to me and I am the current legal owner and possessor of the stand.

Chiku said Mashayamombe hired people who went came to his stand on 23 September 2021 and harassed his family and stopped his builders who were building on the stand.

He said he reported the matter to the police who told him that the matter was a civil matter as it relates to a civil dispute that left him with no option than to approach the High Court.

Chiku now demanding a declaration that Mashayamombe has no legal right over the property.

He wants an interdict that bars him from interfering in the operations at the stand.

Mashayamombe, formerly Harare South legislator (ZANU PF), is yet to file a response to the suit.


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