Home seekers swindled US90k

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BY DESMOND CHINGARANDE

A property consultant with Knight Frank today appeared before Harare magistrate Yeukai  Dzuda facing charges of swindling home-seekers an estimated US$90 000.

Washington Musiiwa (44) was charged alongiside Uzillah Munyengeterwa (47), the founder of Royal Palm Trust company. They were granted $30 000 bail each and remanded to April 30.

The complainants in the case are beneficiaries of Royal Palm Trust, represented by Tinotenda Chinera.

Allegations are that sometime in 2020, the accused connived to defraud home-seekers through misrepresentation.

Munyengeterwa invited some women to form a trust for the purposes of purchasing land for residential stands. It is alleged Musiiwa then misrepresented to the trust that he was acting on behalf of Knight Frank.

Sometime in June 2021, Musiiwa drafted an agreement of sale after he was tasked to sell a residential stand in Tynwald. The stand belonged to  James Kimani Gecau who stays in Kenya.

The agreement of sale was handed over to Munyengeterwa who later misrepresented to the beneficiaries of the trust that he had signed a deal for the purchase of the stand.

The two later drafted another fake agreement of sale.

The trust’s beneficiaries contributed money towards the purchase of the stand.

But one of the beneficiaries visited the Deeds office to verify the authenticity of the land under sale and dicovered that the agreement of sale was fake.

The accused then refunded the beneficiaries part of the money, leading to their arrest.