Tenhedza in messy divorce


Zimbabwe has its fair share of business tycoons.

But the majority of the them prefer to keep their riches under a veil of secrecy.

Over the past years a new trend has emerged where Zimbabwe’s moguls have been smoked out of hiding – in minute detail and reckless abundance – through, of all things, divorce papers.

Harare businessman Richard Tenhedza is getting the same treatment.

In divorce papers filed at the High Court last month by his wife, the inventory of demands exposes the extent of Tenhedza’s wealth.

Tenhedza is the director of R&F Haulage who was arrested three years ago for illegally dealing in diamonds and was fined ZW$100 000 for obstructing the course of justice.

In her declaration Netsai said it will be just and equitable that she takes custody of their two minor children.

But the husband would have to pay a monthly maintenance for the children of US$3 000 plus a US$2 000 for the wife until she remarries.

During the subsistence of their marriage, Netsai claims, that the couple acquired a lot of property which included several houses in Harare, two plots in Botswana and the R&F haulage business.

Netsai is now hoping for a divorce ruling with an equitable distribution of the matrimonial estate where she will be entitled to one speed boat, three houses in Harare’s Borrowdale, Chisora and Mandara, a farm in Chegutu and two stands in Chishawasha Hills.

The husband will remain with another speed boat, four houses from Harare, Kariba, Bulawayo and Beitbridge.

He will also be entitled to two plots in Botswana, two plots and a Farm in Chegutu.

She is also claiming ownership of six top-of-the range vehicles, which include; a Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Grand Lavina, Mercedes Benz ML270, a white S500, a BMW X5, a Nissan Hardbody and two fuel tankers.

Again, in a massive show of wealth, the husband will retain a Botswana registered Mercedes Benz S500 and an M55, a Toyota Vigo, BMW 540, Mazda B18 truck, Toyota D4D and three fuel tankers.

The wife is also praying that she gets a 50 percent shareholding in R&F holdings and another stake in FML, a shelf company registered in Tenhedza’s name.

She also wants a share of proceeds from a frozen Standard Chartered Bank account in Botswana plus US$400 000 in cash.

The list of other properties to be awarded to Netsai include one gold stamp mill, two grinding mills, a generator, two desktop computers, a double door fridge from Dubai, washing machine and a dish washer.

Tenhedza will hang on to two gold mills in Elfe Mine plus US$400 000 in cash.