By Court Reporter
The fugitive businessman based in Ukraine and rogue land baron Kenneth Raydon Sharpe is still missing in action despite being on police wanted list in connection with malicious damage to property after he connived with City of Harare officials to destroy Harare land developer George Katsimberis’ show house.
The current unfolding of events have seen the return of Harare City Council director of works Zvenyika Chawatama in the picture who is also jointly charged with Sharpe.
This have seen his warrant of arrest being revoked after he handed himself before the courts.
Chawatama denied evading arrest when he appeared before Harare magistrate Stanford Mambanje purporting that he was out of the country in South Africa.
Sharpe is the major player in the a number of court cases where he appears as a respondent.
Dispite him missing in action Tatiana Aleshina in her opposing affidavit in another matter before the High Court denied that her boss is at large.
“It is denied that the 2nd respondent (Sharpe) is a fugitive from justice. There are no pending criminal proceedings against him to substantiate this libelous false accusation. There is no court order calling for his incarceration. The law enforcement agents in this country are not even looking for him.” Said Aleshina
Chawatama, Sharpe, suspended Harare City Council town clerk Hosiah Chisango, Michael John Van Blerk, Mandla Ndebele, Samuel Nyabezi and Lasten Taonezvi were summoned by the State to appear before the court.
The criminal charges arose from an incident that occurred between July and October 2018 in which a show house worth US$300 000 constructed by land developer Georgios Katsimberis was destroyed.
The quartet of Chisango, Chawatama, Nyabezi and Taonezvi face criminal abuse of duty charges as public officers as defined in Section 174 of the criminal law after they allegedly acted inconsistent with their duties by showing disfavor to complainant Georgios Katsimberis.
Also summoned before the courts was Harare City Council represented by Chisango and Pokugara Properties Pvt Ltd represented by Van Blerk.