GOKWE-NEMBUDZIYA MP, Justice Mayor Wadyajena (Zanu PF) has been taken to court by local fuel trader, Sakunda Logistics (Pvt) Ltd, on allegations of failing to release eight fuel distribution trucks that were bought from him.
BY CHARLES LAITON
According to court papers, on November 16, 2016, Sakunda’s managing director, Kudakwashe Tagwirei bought eight trucks from the MP, but did not change the vehicle’s ownership despite having paid the full purchase price of $370 000.
Wadyajena is then said to have filed a police report against Tagwirei, claiming his former business partner had defrauded him of the trucks and the matter was taken to court, but never pursued after the parties reached an out-of-court settlement.
“The respondent [Wadyajena] made a police report by capitalising on a technicality that despite having been paid in full and delivered the trucks to the applicant [Tagwirei], the applicant had not changed ownership of the vehicles,” Sakunda manager, Allan Mutumba said in his affidavit.
“The applicant duly paid $370 000 to the first and second respondents through their legal practitioners of record Messrs Machingura Legal Practitioners. This means, that for all intents and purposes, the applicant is now the owner of the eight trucks and trailers.”
Mutumba further said pursuant to the payment of the $370 000 by his firm, Wadyajena and his company wrote to his lawyers advising that the criminal charges had been withdrawn.
However, when they visited Southerton Police Station to have their vehicles released, Mutumba was allegedly advised that an exhibit would only be released into the custody of the complainant, who was Wadyajena.
“The applicant has made numerous pleas with the first respondent to write a letter to have applicant’s property released into their custody but the first respondent has neglected and refused to so. The first respondent has no lawful cause to refuse to act as he and the second respondents were paid in full,” Mutumba said, urging the court to compel Wadyajena to issue the letter.
The matter is still pending.