Grace Mugabe’s sister further remanded as lawyer Madhuku not available

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By Mary Taruvinga

THE fraud trial of former First Lady Grace Mugabe’s elder sister has been postponed to next month as her lawyer is currently engaged with the Commission of Enquiry into August 1 killings.

Shuvai Juniour Gumbochuma, 61, who is being represented by Lovemore Madhuku, will be back in court on November, 22, pending finalisation of investigations.

Madhuku, who is also representing former Zanu PF youth boss Kudzanai Chipanga on allegations of writing a speech insulting President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his deputy Constantino Chiwenga, told court that he is currently busy with the commission and would only be available for trials in December.

Chipanga’s case was, on Monday, remanded to December 3 for trial.

Gumbochuma is facing three counts of fraudulently acquiring State land worth more than $2 million.

It is alleged that sometime in August 2014, stand number 139 and 140 Gullingham Estate, Dzivarasekwa, Harare, was available for sale to deserving and capable land developers who could develop the land into high-density residential stands.

Court heard Gumbochuma misrepresented to government that she had the capacity to develop high-density residential stands in a bid to acquire land.

It is alleged that she was offered stand number 140 Gullingham.

According the prosecutors, Gumbochuma was then required to pay $424 426 to the ministry for the land.

It is alleged Gumbochuma, who had neither the capacity to pay the intrinsic land value nor to develop the land, then created and registered a company, Scanlen (Pvt) Ltd, as a vehicle to further her fraudulent transaction.

Court heard she resold the land for $2 060 000 without paying for it.

A company called N-Frasys bought the land and paid the intrinsic land value to the Local Government ministry before paying the balance to Gumbochuma.

Prosecutors say Gumbochuma’s conduct was prejudicial to the good administration of the ministry as she profited from State land.