By Court Reporter
HARARE – Local Government Minister July Moyo has opposed a High Court application filed by former City of Harare councillor for ward 17 Warship Dumba seeking to reverse a joint venture agreement between City of Harare and Ukraine registered Aurgur Investments owned by controversial land baron Kenneth Raydon Sharpe , saying the land deal was done fraudulently.
The country’s largest membership organization of homeless people represented by Shadreck Tondori with Knowledge Tinashe Kwambana and former Harare City ward 17 Councillor Warship Dumba dragged Harare City Council, The Minister of Local and Public Works then (July Moyo), Ken Sharpe , controversial Aurgur Investments Chief Operations Officer, Tatiana Aleshina and others demanding that the land be given back to City of Harare and reallocated to over 2 million people on the city’s housing waiting list.
In his opposing affidavit, Moyo claims that he is responsible for an oversight roll in handling state land across the country but did not offer any explanation, choosing to question the applicants whom he said have no entitlement to the order they seek to reverse
“The applicants has not shown beyond reasonable doubt that they are entitled to the order they seek. Their application is frivolous and malicious,”reads Moyo’s opposing affidavit.
He further denies claims of fraud which the agreement to form Sunshine Development Private Limited was reached, saying the commission which was running the affairs of the city at that material time, executed its duties efficiently.
“There was no fraud involved during the execution of the agreements. The applicants are put to strictest proof. The commission executed its duties efficiently,” said Moyo
According to Court Applications seen by The Harare Times, Augur Investments represented by Oleksandr Scheremet with Tatiana Aleshina who is the 5th respondent and Kenneth Raydon Sharpe who is the 4th respondent was allegedly allocated vast tracks of land in the capital city worth over US$90 million without paying anything to the Council.
They also argue that the land provided by City of Harare as its contribution to the joint venture agreement is worth over US$45 million yet US$30 million contribution was supposed to be allocated 70 percent shares in Sunshine Development Private Limited , no amount was paid.
City of Harare was allocated 30 percent shares despite putting in 99 hectares of land.
Dumba and his co-litigants also claim that another 145 hectares of land was secretly transferred to Sunshine Development taking the cumulative total to 244 hectares.
Sharpe on the other hand did not put anything into the agreement, this made the litigants conclude that Sunshine Development was just a conduit for stealing land from City of Harare with the protection of the central government.