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MP Masaiti property attached


Dzivarasekwa MP Evelyn Masaiti was on Friday reportedly reduced to tears after the Messenger of Court attached household furniture and two motor vehicles over a $6 700 debt she allegedly owed a Kwekwe lawyer.

The property was attached at Masaiti’s Harare home in Eastlea.

The attachment follows the MDC-T MP’s failure to pay her lawyer, Tapera Sengweni, for services rendered. Sengweni represented Masaiti in her traffic accident case in Gokwe last year.

Four people died after Masaiti’s car rammed into that of Adam Puzo, a Chitungwiza Ward One councillor, as the MDC-T officials were driving from their party anniversary celebrations in Gokwe.

The accident happened on September 11 along the Kwekwe-Gokwe Road.

Puzo, was found on the wrong side of the law and was sentenced to three months in prison or alternatively a fine of $300.

After Sengweni successfully represented the MP, Masaiti allegedly failed to settle the legal bill.

In a judgment issued at the Bulawayo High Court, case HC 2461/10, by Justice Nicholas Mathonsi, Masaiti was compelled to pay the bill with interest from November last year and to meet costs of the lawsuit.

A writ of execution was then issued by Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, empowering the Messenger of Court to attach Masaiti’s property last Friday.

Masaiti, who is said to have been at home when the Messenger of Court arrived, allegedly refused to open her doors, prompting the Messenger of Court to hire a locksmith to force the doors open.

The messenger reportedly attached a Toyota Hilux vehicle, a Toyota 2.8 Raider, flat screen television set and kitchen suite, leaving behind just the MP’s bed and stove.

The property will go under the hammer within 14 days if the legislator fails to settle the debt.

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