Pokugara Properties, Council Officials’ Back In Court for Malicious Damage to Property


By Senior Court Reporter

HARARE – The trial for City of Harare officials and Ken Sharpe’s owned Pokugara Properties officials who are facing charges of malicious damage to property in Harare’s Borrowedale surburb worthy U$300.000 are expected back in court tomorrow.

Mandla Marlon Ndebele and four others were  dragged to the Magistrates courts after they connived to destroy a show house built by land developer Georgios Katsimberis.

Also arraigned before the court for the same case are Michael John Van Blerk (separately), Mandla Marlone Ndebele, Isaiah Zvenyika Chawatama, Samuel Nyabezi, Lasten Taonezvi.

According to the State outline, the six in their individual capacities and as representatives of their organisations destroyed Katsimberis show house on the grounds that it did not have approved plans, claims refuted by the land developer.

Musician Jah Prayzah with Pokugara Proprties afficials namely, Mandla Marlon Ndebele and Tatiana (Ellis) Aleshina pictured in 2020.

“In that on a date unknown to the prosecutor but 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.

Suspended Harare City Director of works Engineer Zvenyika Chawatama.

“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.

Chawatama, Nyabezi and Taonezvi are also facing criminal abuse of duty charges as public officers as defined in Section 174 of the criminal law by showing disfavour to Katsimberis.

“In that on a date unknown to the prosecutor but during the period extending from July 2018 to September 2018 and at Pokugara Properties Isaiah Zvenyika Chawatama, Samuel Nyabezi and Lasten Taonezvi being public officers acted inconsistent with their duties by showing disfavour to complainant Katsimberis by claiming that he had built a show house on stand 9 of 21 on consolidated stand number 19559 of 19828 Harare Township corner Teviotdale and Whitwell road, Borrowdale Harare without approved plan while favouring Pokugara Properties (PVT) Ltd in a dispute between complainant  Katsimberis and Pokugara Properties.

However controversial West Properties and Pokugara boss, 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.

Controversial businessman , Kenneth Raydon Sharpe.

The self exiled Sharpe is facing a litany of charges ranging from money laundering and corruption emanating from shoddy land dealings worthy US$2 billion.
His companies which include Augur Investments OU, West Properties and Sunshine Development are under litigation.

Controversial Augur Investments Chief Operations Officer ,Tatiana (Ellis) Aleshina aka Tanya.

He has not set foot in the country since 2017 and is on the anti-corruption unit wanted list.

Prosecutor Zivanai Macharaga is representing the state.

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