ED ally drags fuel mogul to court

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa’s protégé and fuel mogul, Kudakwashe Tagwirei, has been slapped with a $3,6 million lawsuit for illegally using fuel trucks belonging to the President’s ally, Justice Mayor Wadyajena.

BY CHARLES LAITON

Tagwirei, a known Zanu PF benefactor who runs Sakunda Holdings and has been bankrolling government’s command agriculture programme, according to summons filed by Wadyajena, used trucks belonging to Mayor Logistics (Pvt) Ltd without the ruling party’s Gokwe-Nembudziya legislator’s consent and this resulted in a $3,6 million loss of business.

“In refusing to release the said trucks, defendants (Tagwirei and Sakunda) were fully aware that plaintiff (Mayor Logistics) was in the transportation business and that the trucks were plaintiff’s source of income and profit,” Wadyajena’s firm said.

“During the period defendants unlawfully possessed and used plaintiff’s trucks, on average, plaintiff was realising monthly income and profit of $14 812,12 from hiring out each of the said four trucks. Owing to defendant’s unlawful possession and use of plaintiff’s trucks, plaintiff was deprived of income and accordingly suffered damages at the rate of $14 812,12 per truck per month.”

The business mogul, who has interests in mining through Africa Chrome Fields, agriculture and fuel industry, was accused by Wadyajena of “unlawfully refusing to release the four trucks, comprising four horses and tankers” that were owned by his company.

Mayor Logistics further said on or about December 16, 2016, Tagwirei and his firm executed an agreement and in terms of which they acknowledged having unlawfully used the said trucks without the former’s consent.

“Defendants further acknowledged the plaintiff’s entitlement to damages occasioned by their unlawful possession and use of plaintiff’s trucks and agreed that computation and quantification of such damages would be a matter for claim and determination at a future date,” Wadyajena’s firm said.

“Plaintiff has since computed and quantified the aforesaid damages in the sum of $3 611 195,24 in terms of the schedule attached hereto and the said some being the total damages by way of loss of income and profit suffered by the plaintiff between July 2012 and December 2016 in respect of the four trucks.

“Despite demand, the defendants have failed and/or neglected to pay the sum of $3 611 195 as claimed by plaintiff. Defendants have unnecessarily put plaintiff to the expense of litigation despite being fully aware of their obligations. Defendant’s conduct requires censure by an order for costs on the legal practitioner and client scale.”

This is not the first time that the youthful Zanu PF MP, who is also the chairperson of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Agriculture, has had issues with the fuel magnate, as early this year, Mnangagwa had to intervene to end a dispute which involved $7 million.

Tagwirei alleged that Wadyajena was out to extort him, but the MP said the money was for termination of business deals the two had before their relationship turned sour.

The matter is pending.

11 Comments

  1. this is a tired story with mayor trying to seek relevance for nothing, kuda is the new real man in town at the moment and thats for sure

  2. ….and we know that this Mayor guy says nothing and does nothing on his own except if its fron garwe himself

  3. WE ARE NOT FOOLS THIS IS POLITICKING THESE PEOPLE ARE ONE ,THEY ARE TRYING TO DIVERT THE PEOPLE’S ATTENTION FROM REAL ISSUES AFFECTING US AS A PEOPLE, THEY HAVE TO FIX THE ECONOMY FULL STOP.WE DON’T EAT TAGWIREI NEITHER DO WE CONSUME WADYAJENA. PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING THESE ZANU PF HARDLINERS SHOULD JUST UP THEIR GAME AND CONCENTRATE ON FIXING THE ECONOMY PERIOD.

  4. “…and the said SUM” not “and the said SOME”. Check

  5. The issue is about Wadyajena and Tagwirei and should be solved at the courts full stop, the reporter want to shift the attention to ED and ZANU PF when will our reporters learn to be proffessional.

  6. This is a non-story. Both have ill-gotten wealth and just creating a circus for nothing.

  7. Newsday stories are pathetic of late, this type of journalism is rubbish to say the list. Stories are just hurriedly thrown in the papers without careful verification and analysis, please Newsday, shape up or ship out we are tired of such stories which lacks facts

    1. There is so much value and relevance to Zimbabwe’s socio-economic affairs in this story that only the naive and/or the guilty would not want to see nor hear.

  8. Ibrahim Muteferika

    The case itself does not make much sense. However, the public must learn to read the tea leaves when dealing with the ZANU pf mafia. There is a big story behind the story. The mafia is now fighting for spoils after dislodging Mugabe.
    The fights are going to be more fierce as time moves on and as opportunities for stealing become limited as the economy crumbles. You ain’t seen nothing yet. The royal rumble has just begun.

  9. Ndosaka vanhu vachirambira mu Zanu.

  10. Masola wa Dabudabu waJanana Bikaz

    Both Wadyajena and Tagwirei are all criminals who rely on zanu pf and Mnangagwa in particular for protection of their ill gotten wealth.All those SUVs that Tagwirei bought for Mnangagwa and his wife,Chiwenga and his wife and some other top govt officials was just a thank you for not interfering in his thieving business.Where has this young boy Wadyajena aquired so much wealth in such a short political life?Its all through dubious deals that are known even by Ngwena himself.Some thieves in zanu pf brag about their stolen wealth while there are some who just keep quite and continue to steal in silence,but the bottom line is the nation is under siege from the zanu pf mafia party.They are competing against each other to plunder all the state resources that they can lay their hands on and you hear some idiots who are laguishing in abject poverty saying,lets give Ngwena a chance.Munopenga!

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