HOME Affairs co-minister Kembo Mohadi and 11 others who include his wife and son, last week got a temporary relief after High Court judge Justice Meshack Cheda postponed the hearing of a case where they are alleged to have siphoned more than $340 000 from a disputed company.
Report by Richard Muponde
The company, Nerry Investments (Pvt) Ltd, was at the centre of a legal wrangle between Mohadi and his business associate Josias Moyo and businessman Reginald McGillivray Dawson of Beitbridge.
Barbara Lunga was appointed liquidator for Nerry Investments.
High Court judge Justice Lawrence Kamocha issued a provisional order compelling Mohadi and his associates to return the money.
This was after Lunga filed an urgent chamber application in September last year accusing Mohadi of turning the company’s bank account into a “piggy bank.”
The minister and his associates appealed against the provisional order and the matter was postponed to March 14 for hearing.
Mohadi is being accused of authorising most of the expenses which allegedly went to pay fees and rentals for his son Campbell Junior Mohadi in South Africa.
The minister’s son was enrolled at Lanseria Flight Centre at Grand Central Airport in Midrand in South Africa, where he is studying to be a pilot.
Campbell was also allegedly getting $680 for personal use every month from the company coffers.
Mohadi is first respondent, his co-director John Moyo is second respondent, his wife Tambudzani Mohadi is third respondent, bookkeeper George Mukamba is fourth respondent, his son Campbell Junior is fifth respondent and seven others including CBZ Bank.
In the application, Lunga also mentioned that Mohadi authorised his wife to take $1 315 from the company for personal use.
The total amount allegedly siphoned from the company by Mohadi and his acquaintances was above the figure of $340 000.
Mohadi and Dawson were fighting for control of Nerry Investments and two other companies, which the latter successfully applied to be placed under liquidation.