BY VENERANDA LANGA
FORMER Zanu PF secretary for administration Didymus Mutasa’s vehicle and generator will go under the hammer next week to settle US$26 000 in legal fees owed to lawyers Nyakutombwa and Mugabe Legal Counsel.
The legal firm represented him in a 2015 court case in which he challenged his expulsion from Zanu PF, together with Temba Mliswa and Rugare Gumbo.
A notice of seizure and attachment of property from the High Court dated July 3, detailed that Mutasa’s property that will go under judicial attachment will include a Toyota Fortuner registration number ADV 4142, worth US$25 000, and a yellow Kipor generator, worth AUS$5 000, in order to settle legal costs which have now accumulated to US$26 919,25.
Tafadzwa Mugabe, one of the lawyers that represented Mutasa, yesterday confirmed to NewsDay that Mutasa’s property would be removed on Monday July 7, so that it is auctioned to pay for
the legal costs owing.
“In 2015, we represented Mutasa, Gumbo and Mliswa after their expulsion in Zanu PF and since then, we have not been paid US$26 000 legal costs, which have also accumulated interest,”
“We first attached his property in 2017 and he stopped the execution at the High Court and succeeded, but in May this year, the Supreme Court then threw away his appeal and so his
property will be auctioned to cover for our legal costs.”
Mugabe said it is Mutasa’s property that is going to be auctioned because he sued on behalf of Gumbo and Mliswa and, therefore, was the one at default as he said he was also representing them.
The three were expelled from Zanu PF in February 2015 during former President Robert Mugabe’s tenure on various charges, including undermining the party and its leadership.
The decision to expel Mutasa, his nephew Mliswa and Gumbo was made by the Zanu PF national disciplinary committee, which was then chaired by former Vice-President Phelekezela Mphoko,
and announced by Zanu PF spokesperson Simon Khaya Moyo.
Mutasa was accused of making disparaging remarks against Zanu PF and its leadership, and described as unrepentant and plotting to illegally unseat and/or assassinate Mugabe.
Mliswa and Gumbo were also chucked out of the party on accusations of disloyalty, denigrating leaders, insubordination and several other crimes.