Trial For Pokugara, City of Harare Officials Postponed, Lawyer In Isolation
Kenneth Raydon Sharpe and his aid Michael John Van Blerk.

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By Court Reporter

HARARE – The trial of Ken Sharpe’s owned Pokugara Properties and City of Harare officials who are farcing serious charges of malicious damage to property has been postponed for the nigth time due to the unavailability of defence lawyer for Pokugara Properties.

According to Zed Chidyausiku standing in for Pokugara lawyer Tawanda Zhuwarara saying he is in self isolating after a family member contracted COVID-19.

Allegations are that during the period extending from July 2018 to October 2018 and at Plot 9 of 21 on consolidated stand number 19559 of 19828 Harare township Corner Teviotdale and Whitwell road, Borrowdale, Pokugara Properties (Private) Limited, Michael John Van Blerk, Mandla Marlone Ndebele, City of Harare, Isaiah Zvenyika Chawatama, Samuel Nyabezi, Lasten Taonezvi and Kenneth Raydon Sharpe who is still at large.

“One more of them, knowing that Georgios Katsimberis is entitled to own, possess or control any property or realising 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 or realising that there is a real risk or possibility that such damage or destruction may result from their act destroyed a show house which had been constructed by Georgios Katsimberis for a joint venture between Georgios Katsimberis and Kenneth Sharpe,” read the summons.

Zhuwarara since May 2021 failed to appeared before the Courts he has been sending one Zed Chidyausiku to stand in for him to postpone the matters were Sharpe and his associates are facing at the Magistrates courts.

However Sharpe’s right hand man Van Blerk’s trial has stalled for a long time as he at one time told the court that he was suffering from a condition known as catatonic seizure.

State prosecutor Zivanai Macharaga requested for a medical examination which indicated that Van Blerk was fit to stand trial but the government doctor later told the court that he was threatened by unidentified male individuals who said Sharpe’s right hand man is President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s ally saying ‘munhu waPresident’.

In October 2021 Van Blerk missed court with his lawyer telling the court that he fell off a horse.

Meanwhile, Van Blerk is coming to court on a wheel chair but soon after proceedings, he is often seeing walking with the aid of a stick and at some moments pushing his own folded wheelchair.

Sharpe remain at large and is facing a litany of charges before the Courts ranging from fraud, corruption, money laundering and shoddy land dealings in Harare that costs the city nearly US$2 billion.

Ndebele who is also charged in his personal capacity had a warrant of arrest issued against him last month cancelled by Magistrate Barbra Mateko, he had failed to attend court after he reportedly tested positive to COVID-19.

The matter has been postponed to the 18th of January 2022.


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