Duo up for residential stand fraud

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BLAISE Pascal Kiwanuka and Wadzanai Masvasvi on Wednesday appeared at the Harare Magistrates’ Courts on fraud charges.

The two appeared before magistrate Rumbidzai Mugwagwa for allegedly making false claims at the High Court.

The co-accused had approached the High Court following disagreements over transfer of a residential stand with the complainant.

The co-accused allegedlly misrepresented to the High Court that they had paid in full for a residential property and therefore wanted an order compelling the applicant to transfer the property into their names.

It is the State’s case that sometime in May 2019, Mandeya intended to sell her residential stand located in Hogerty Hill, Harare.

She reportedly engaged Laws Organisation (Pvt) Ltd to sell the property on her behalf.

Laws Organisation (Pvt) Ltd advertised the stand and during the same month, the company allegedly contacted the complainant, advising that they had found a buyer who was offering US$38 000 for the property.

Mandeya reportedly told the court that on May 15, 2019, he proceeded to Laws Organisation (Pvt) Ltd to sign an agreement of sale with the co-accused.

The co-accused allegedlly made s down payment of US$17 200 for the property in question, promising to pay the balance between June and October 2019.

According to the agreement of sale, however, the property had to be fully paid for in just a single payment.

But the duo had allegedly tried to change goal posts, saying they would now need more time.

Consequently, Mandeya then made the decision to cancel the agreement of sale.

Kiwanuka and Masvasvi, however, had allegedlly already misrepresented the facts to Laws Organisation (Pvt) Ltd, drafters of the agreement of sale, saying they had paid the full amount, asking that they facilitate transfer of the property into their names.

As a result of the accused’s actions, Mandeya allegedly stands to suffer a prejudice of US$20 000.

Mugwagwa gave the accused persons free bail on condition Kiwanuka surrenders his passport.

They duo were remanded to April 27.

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