By Staff Reporter
BUSINESSMAN Frank Buyanga has told his ex-girlfriend Chantelle Muteswa that she can now only link up with the couple’s child via Skype due to the deadly coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic.
In a letter written by his UK-based lawyers Waller Pollins Goldstein, Buyanga says “it is unsafe for her to have face-to-face” meeting with her son.
The letter reads: “We are instructed on behalf of Mr. Frank Buyanga Sadiqi in relation to the custody matter involving his son and Ms. Chantelle Muteswa.
“In light of the current COVID 19 situation, and your client having been sentenced to prison for contempt of court, it is clearly unsafe for her to have face-to-face access. We, therefore, propose to have remote meetings going forward.”
It adds: “Please advise as to your times and conveniences in order to arrange a Skype meeting with the child.”
Buyanga published the letter as a half-page advert in Zimbabwean newspapers.
Buyanga said he also planned to settle back in the UK and he may want the matter to be heard in that country.
“Please note that in light of the publication on this report in this jurisdiction we are considering with our client whether the United Kingdom is the appropriate jurisdiction for determining those issues. this is specifically so when it was always the intention of the parties to reside in the United Kingdom,” read the letter.
The custody battle between the businessman and Muteswa turned ugly this week with the former accusing one of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s sons, Collins of intimidating the judiciary.
As a result, Buyanga feels he won’t get a fair court hearing.
He has since reported Collins to the Judicial Service Commission (JSC), accusing him of “intimidating judges.”
He claims that Muteswa is in a relationship with Collins and accuses the President’s son of influencing judges; allegations that Muteswa has refuted.
Buyanga wrote to Zimbabwe’s JSC complaining about a judge, who was presiding over the matter, saying he was no longer comfortable with the judge handling the case because he had been communicating with some members of the Mnangagwa family.
Meanwhile, Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) issued a statement saying on March 27, a Dubai-registered chartered jet carrying “a returning 40-year-old male South African citizen and his five-year-old son” could not land at OR Tambo because it had not been cleared by the department of transport.
The passenger is believed to Buyanga and his son.
The jet proceeded to Dubai after being denied landing in Johannesburg.