DANIEL Shumba’s luxury car has been seized and is being auctioned after his United People’s Party (UPP) failed to pay for the equipment it h
ired for its official launch in June.
The move comes amid revelations this week that the party, formed earlier this year, is in serious financial problems and facing collapse.
Rooney’s Hire Services, which hires out equipment for functions, has since attached one of Shumba’s cars through the Deputy Sheriff. The vehicle is now being auctioned by Ruby Auctions to recover UPP’s debt which sources say runs into millions of dollars.
Shumba formed UPP after being expelled from Zanu PF for participating in the Tsholotsho meeting which claimed the scalps of five other provincial chairmen.
The party has failed to pay for the chairs, tents and public address system it hired from Rooney’s for its official launch five months ago.
The car that Rooney’s has impounded is a Mercedes-Benz C280 that belongs to Shumba. The vehicle whose registration number is 714-141P will be auctioned on December 2. It is a 1995 model with a mileage of 195 000 kilometres.
Although the quantum of the debt could not be ascertained, an official at Ruby Auctions said they were hoping to sell the car for “around $10 million”.
An official at Rooney’s confirmed the case and sale of the vehicle but refused to comment further because the directors of the company were in Zambia. Shumba could not be reached for comment as all his known mobile numbers were said to be out of use.
News of the crisis in the UPP comes hard on the heels of information that his other company, TeleAccess Zimbabwe, is also in financial trouble following the cancellation of its licence earlier this year.
Sources said Shumba had since lost most of his workers at TeleAcess and was battling to pay those remaining. TeleAccess’ offices at the 11th and 12th floor of the Kopje Plaza have been closed. The company’s registered telephone numbers are also not working.