Mohadi in embarrassing court defeat

MINISTER of State Security Kembo Mohadi Friday embarrassingly lost his court case against a Bulawayo liquidator and a Beitbridge council official whom he was accusing of misrepresenting facts leading to him and his partner losing property worth $1.6million.

To sue wife? ... Intelligence minister Kembo Mohadi

To sue wife? … Intelligence minister Kembo Mohadi

Gwanda magistrate Joseph Mabeza acquitted liquidator Barbara Lunga of Impact Trust and Executors and Beitbridge Administrator Simon Muleya at the end of the state case. Defence lawyers Richard Majwabu and Welshman Ncube had made an application for discharge arguing the state would be unable to prove a prima facie case against their clients.

Lunga was further accused of stealing $42, 000 from Mohadi’s Nerry Investments CBZ bank account. She, however, managed to produce receipts for the transactions she made during her tenure as liquidator adding the money was channelled properly.

Mohadi, who testified against the two, was shocked when defence counsels showed him bank statements indicating that it was his wife instead who siphoned $199, 000 from the said account. The minister told the court he will have his wife investigated as he was not aware of the transactions despite being the company’s co-director.

The court had been told that on October 13, Reginald Dawson wrote a letter to the Beitbridge Rural District Council (BRDC) chief executive officer (CEO), informing him that Nerry Investments (Pvt) Ltd would be the registered owner of the firm trading as International Trading Depot.

On October 17, Dawson allegedly tried to register stand number 1418 in Redqueen firm’s name, but there was no response from council.

On May 23, 2006, BRDC issued a lease agreement, with an offer letter, which stated the same lease was for stand number 1419 and not 1418.

On January 10, 2012, Redqueen Trading, Dawson and his wife Susan Jane, made an application for cancellation of the lease agreement between Nerry Investment and Beitbridge council.

On June 6, 2012, Dawson allegedly applied for voluntary liquidation of Nerry Investments.

On July 4, 2012, High Court judge Justice Martin Makonese granted the application.

Lunga was appointed the provisional liquidator for Nerry Investments. On February 9, 2013, Lunga allegedly wrote to the council CEO, misrepresenting that there was a cancelled lease agreement between Redqueen Trading and the BRDC for Stand 1418, where there was no such agreement.

 

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