By Court Reporter
HARARE – Controversial businessman Kenneth Raydon Sharpe well known as Ken Sharpe remain at large as he faces criminal charges , while suspended Harare City council Director of works Isaiah Zvenyika Chawatama, who was alleged to have been on the run, denied that he was evading arrest when he appeared before Harare magistrate Stanford Mambanje and his warrant of arrest cancelled afte he showed up last week.
Ken Sharpe of Augur Investments who is still at large and believed to be in Ukraine and Zvenyika Chawatama who shows up last week were, previously failed to appear after being summoned to appear in court by the Special Anti-corruption Unit (SACU) housed in the President’s office, were they’re being charged for malicious demage to property of a show house worth US$ 300 000 .
According to court papers seen by by this publication, sometime between July 2018 and October 2018, at lot 9 of 21 on concolidated number 19559 of 19828 on Harare Township corner Teviotdale and Whitwell in Borrowdale, Michael Van Blerk, Mandla Marlone Ndebele, Hosiah Chisango, Isiah Zvenyika Chawatama, Samuel Nyabezi, Lasten Taonezvi and Ken Sharpe , who is still at large destroyed a show house constructed by Katsimberis, one or more of them, knowing that Georgios Katsimberis is entitled to own, possess or control any property or realizing that there was a real risk or possibility that another person may be so entitled, damaged or destroyed the property intending to cause such damage or destruction,” reads the summons.
Alternatively, Chisango, Chawatama, Nyabezi and Taonezvi face criminal abuse of office charges for falsely claiming that there were no approved plans. Katsimberis maintains that he holds evidence that proves otherwise.
Chisango in his capacity and also representing City of Harare.
The accused allegedly acted in common purpose and demolished Georgios Katsimberis’ Show house which had an approved plan without advising the complainant.
Van Blerk, Ndebele and Sharpe are also in trouble for failing or refusing to disclose that the stand in question was built with approved plans and for failing to caution Katsimberis of the demolition before undertaking such a drastic measure.
Last week Chawatama told the court that he was not personally served with the summons, adding that it was served on his wife when he was in South Africa.
Chawatama said when his co-accused, suspended town clerk Hosiah Chisango, appeared in court on the summons, he was actually in South Africa and only came to
know of the warrant on WhatsApp from a colleague.
He claimed that he was being targeted by corrupt officials for his stance against corruption. Mambanje remanded him out of custody to April 26 2021.
Recently Augur Investments’s Chief Operations Officer Tatiana Aleshina denied allegations that Sharpe is on the run , who reportedly left Harare three years ago.
If convicted Ken Sharpe and his co-accused will face a 25 year jail term.
By Court Reporter