By Senior Court Reporter
HARARE – Tight corner for controversial ‘land baron’ Kenneth Raydon Sharpe as the US$205 million Pomona land heist saga continues to haunt the businessman as pressure mounts for reversal of the deal.
In July this year, T& C and Paragon Printing directors appeared in court facing criminal nuisance charges after they allegedly erected a billboard along Borrowdale Road in Harare denouncing the purchase of the land.
Grant Russell and Mark Sthrathen appeared before Harare magistrate Mr Shane Kubonera after erecting a billboard inscribed “Cautionary statement to the members of the public. Pomona city. Land subject to litigation. Title deeds for land has been placed as security, under case number, HC4599/19, HC5989/19, HC10315. Purchase of stands is at risk of Purchaser.”
Sometime in December 2020, it has emerged that the duo are part of T & C construction which was subcontracted by Sharpe for the construction of the Airport Road in 2007.
“T & C Construction was subcontracted to construct Airport Road and they have not been paid to date, they were promised land by Sharpe but he has not honoured his promise, the same way he duped another Harare businessman George Katsimberis over US$4 million after they partnered to develop Pokugara Estate,” sources told this publication.
The source added that Pomona City is a subject of litigation as it was fraudulently given to Sharpe as payment for the construction of Airport Road he never finished.
“Instead of paying T & C construction, Sharpe is now developing and selling the land, so there has been a number of litigations against the transfer of Pomona land but Sharpe continues to sell the land, this is what these guys were trying to warn people against,” added the source.
The whole story is reportedly emanating from the US$205 million Pomona land heist saga which Ken Sharpe is battling with several cases before the Courts.
Sharpe is currently at large and believed to be hiding in Mauritius with his confidante of Russian origin Tatiana (Aleshina) Ellis doing most of the business on his behalf.
The self exiled Sharpe is facing a litany of charges ranging from money laundering and corruption emanating from shoddy land dealings in Harare worthy US$2 billion.
His companies which include Augur Investments OU, West Properties and Sunshine Development are under litigation.
The matter has been postponed to September 30, 2021.
By Senior Court Reporter