A Matabeleland North traditional leader`s love relationship with a former Zanu PF legislator has ended badly, after the former was duped of more than $30 000 in a botched house deal by his lover.
Chief Gampu, real name Ashel Sithole (52) of Tsholotsho is seeking the court`s intervention to recover $34 000 from Soneliso Ndlovu, a former Zanu PF Senator.
According to the state, Chief Gampu had been living under one roof with Ndlovu since last year.
During the period, Chief Gampu, who had developed eye problems, entrusted Ndlovu with his affairs, including his financial transactions.
In November 2017, Chief Gampu, who also once served as a Senator, received a lumpsum of $35 000 from government, as part of his outstanding allowances.
He then instructed Ndlovu to facilitate the purchase of a house in Bulawayo`s Lobengula suburb.
Ndlovu informed Chief Gampu that she had negotiated to buy the house for $26 000 when she had actually negotiated for $24 000.
Instead of transferring the amount to the seller as agreed, Ndlovu on three occasions between November 8, 2017 and December 12, 2017, transferred $13 400, $7 500 and $14 000 to her personal bank account without Chief Gampu`s authorisation.
On December 19, 2017, Ndlovu is said to have transferred $20 000 from her bank account into the seller’s account with the intention to purchase the property.
After the transaction had been completed, she transferred the ownership of the house into her own name.
The matter only came to light when Chief Gampu`s personal driver, Proud Mbambo went to Bulawayo City Council offices in Lobengula to check on the status of the house and discovered that the property in question had been registered under Ndlovu`s name.
The matter was reported to the police leading to Ndlovu`s arrest.
Ndlovu, on Tuesday appeared before Bulawayo magistrate Gladmore Mushowe facing fraud charges.
She was not asked to plead and is out on $200 bail.
She will be back in court on September 25 for commencement of trial.