13 October 2011

Zimbabwe: Deputy Sheriff in Court

A CHITUNGWIZA Deputy Sheriff has appeared in court for generating summons and using them to evict a man from his house.

Victor Gwekwerere (42) of Hatfield pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Harare magistrate, Mr Kudakwashe Jarabini and was granted US$20 bail.

He is expected back in court on October 21.

Prosecutor Mr Henry Muringani said Gwekwerere alleged that he served the summons to a person he only named as Chuma who lived at Stanford Machoko's place on September 4 this year.

But Machoko denied ever receiving any court papers to that effect and knowing Chuma. He said Gwekwerere was acting in connivance with his cousin to displace him from his house.

Machoko said that when he started building his house in 2008, Gwekwerere never served summons on him, but waited until he finished building the house.

Mr Muringani told the court that there were no particulars or even a signature to authenticate Chuma had received the summons.

Gwekwerere filed the summons he allegedly generated at the High Court and used them to obtain an order compelling Machoko to leave his place. Machoko lost his house to Tiem Plastic Company, owned by his cousin, based on the summons.

In his defence, Gwekwerere said the summons were delivered to Machoko by his deputy while he was in South Africa.

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