…Mugeza Hove arrested
Mugeza Hove who recently issued an eviction order on Hertfordshire residents claiming that the land belongs to his late father’s trust, was arrested and dragged to court on allegations of converting to personal use 12 residential stands belonging to property developer, River Valley Properties.
Mugeza Hove of Hertfordshire farm in Gweru was arraigned before magistrate Miriam Banda facing theft charges and was remanded out of custody on free bail to December 1.
Prosecutor Chipo Matshe told the court that on a date unknown, River Valley was allocated 1 604 stands at Hertfordshire Phase 2A to develop houses as part of a project for beneficiaries in the Midlands province.
In July 2010 and April 2014 respectively the then ministry of public works gave two offer letters to River Valley, which confirmed ownership of the stands by the property developer.
But on a date not given in State papers accused sold 12 serviced stands which had already been allocated to clients by the complainant, River valley properties.
The matter later came to light when River Valley was following up on payments by its clients for the stands.
A report was made to the police leading to Hove’s arrest.
The value of the stands is US $341 318 and nothing was recovered.
Recently River Valley Properties through their lawyers Mbidzo, Muchadehama and Makoni Legal Practitioners has approached the High Court and filed an urgent chamber application seeking the setting aside of a writ and an interdict against Mugeza Hove who sought the eviction of occupants of subdivision 1 of Hertfordshire of Fife Scott Block.
River Valley said Hove and his lawyer’s actions have caused panic and confusion among beneficiaries of the housing project who “are now viewing it (River Valley) as having duped them in the land scam of sorts.”
This came after Hove through his lawyer Thomas Militao claimed he had a High Court order which restored the ownership of subdivision of Hertfordshire of Fife Scott Block to the Estate Luke Hove.
River Valley using trade name Mahlaba Housing Programme is the applicant under High Court case number HC 5036/20, while Estate Luke Hove, Mugeza Hove and Thomas Militao are cited as first, second and third respondents respectively. The Lands and Agriculture minister,
National Housing minister, Local Government minister, High Court registrar and the Sheriff of Zimbabwe are fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth respondents.
“On the 9th of September 2020, 1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents flighted and extensive advertorial in the Herald newspaper at page 11 thereof in which they were purporting to sell residential stands on subdivision 1 Hertfordshire of Fife Scott Block in Gweru District of Midlands to those person’s who had been offered the same residential stands by applicant, “reads the order being sought for “1st, 2nd and 3rd respondents are now purporting to sell stands for the whole area and eject those occupying the land on the misrepresentation that the land belongs to 5th respondent and that they are ejecting 5th respondent and all those claiming through it.”
Added River Valley: “Such an approach is so dishonest and fraudulent that it must be visited with great censure from the Court.”
Subdivision 1 of Hertfordshire of Fife Scott Block in Gweru District of Midlands was acquired by the State on 9 January 2000 and was given to the Applicant for developing residential stands in July 2010.
The property developer gave respondents 48 hours to oppose the application, failure which it dealt with as an unopposed application.