Shamuyarira dragged into vehicle wrangle

Godfrey Marawanyika

ZANU PF In-formation secretary Nathan Shamuyarira has been named in a civil suit over a vehicle that was forcibly taken and parked at his house. According to an urgent High Court ap-plica

tion by Elton Madzima against Nomsa Murambiwa on Friday last week, Madzima is seeking to recover a Land Rover Discovery SUV which was removed from his premises by the respondent and parked at Shamuyarira’s house.


In his application, Madzima said Johanna Nomhle Hayford, a sister of the respondent, gave him general powers of attorney. Madzima said this did not go down well with Murambiwa.


The documents say the respondent started to harass Madzima accusing him of owing money to Hayford. She confiscated the vehicle to force Madzima to pay up.


“Indeed if there was anything that is lawfully due to the respondent then her entitlement lies in bringing the matter before the courts, as opposed to taking the law into her own hands in the manner that she chose,” said Madzima in his affidavit.


“I reported the matter to Borrowdale police who have been dealing with the matter ever since. From the threats that were being uttered by the respondent, it then appears that she is well-connected because my vehicle was towed to Dr Nathan Shamuyarira’s place of residence. The police appear somewhat perturbed by this development and have not acted as swiftly as I believe they ought to have,” he said.


Madzima said in the vehicle when it was towed away was $12,5 million in cash, a firearm, cheque books, his driver’s licence, safari jackets and cattle dip worth $2,5 million.


He said he wanted to use the money to buy farm supplies.

Madzima said the Land Rover was towed from his workplace on July 30 at the instigation of the respondent.


“To make matters worse, the keys were accidentally locked in the vehicle. As such the respondent had the vehicle towed away. This was done improperly because the steering wheel was locked,” Madzima said.


“During the time that I sought legal advice and while these proceedings were being prepared for, it was brought to my attention by police at Borrowdale that while parked at Dr Shamuyarira’s place of residence, my vehicle was forcibly opened.”


He said the money which was in the vehicle, together with the firearm, were removed.


“There can be no doubt that there is no basis at all, in fact and in law, for the respondent to forcibly remove my vehicle and to store it at Dr Shamuyarira’s place of residence (or indeed to any place for that matter),” Madzima said in his affidavit.