Flamboyant Gokwe Nembudziya Member of Parliament and businessman Justice Mayor Wadyajena who is well known for his penchant for luxury vehicles today appeared before a Harare Magistrate Yeukai Chigodora in a matter in which he has found himself caught up in a botched car deal involving a car he handed out as a token of appreciation.
Interestingly, Wadyajena’s latest addition to his fleet is a top of the range Lamborghini Urus which has been under scrutiny from fellow parliamentarians on how he would spend millions for such purchase the under the current economic conditions.
The matter was however postponed to July 4 as he could not testify as the trial magistrate was not around.
He is set to testify in the matter in which the Nissan Navara he gave to his campaign manager Matthew Mtimbiri as a token of appreciation was sold to one Kudakwashe Taruberekera without Mtimbiri’s knowledge.
Prosecuting Talkmore Muganhiri alleged that Mtimbiri made a report against one Lawrence Muvuni to the effect that he had stolen his Nissan Navara and sold it to Taruberekera. Investigations were made where upon the police went to the Central Vehicle Registration (CVR) and it was revealed that the registered owner of the vehicle was Mayor Logistics Pvt Ltd owned by Wadyajena who had given it to Muvuni as a token of appreciation.
It is alleged that Tarubereka was advised that he was in possession of an exhibit as the person who had sold him the vehicle had done so without the consent of the owner. Mavuni was allegedly given the vehicle on hiring terms before he sold it benefiting from the proceeds thereof.
When the police officers made checks with Taruberekera to return the vehicle, he sent his lawyer with some documents proving that the car was indeed his as it was registered under his name. After further verification with CVR it was discovered that the ownership of the car had been changed into Taruberekera’s name.
A warrant of seizure was applied and all the documents used the change of ownership were seized. The documents showed that Taruberekera had entered into an agreement with Wadyajena’s company which had in fact sold him the said vehicle.