FOLLOWING the publication of a story headlined Chombo, Nssa implicated in land row in the last issue of the Zimbabwe Independent, Paresh Ranchhod, the lawyer representing Roger De Sa (a Portuguese businessman also mentioned in the story), got in touch to give his client’s side of the story.
In a recording played at the Gweru magistrates court in November last year, De Sa implicated Local Government minister Ignatius Chombo and the National Social Security Authority (Nssa) in a messy dispute over land in Gweru that has also sucked in Kizito Gweshe, the deputy director for counter-intelligence in the CIO, then Midlands governor (now Provincial Affairs minister) and an unnamed “big boss of the police”.
The governor at the material time was Jason Machaya.Nssa bought the land in 2013 from De Sa who has interests in DMC Holdings, whose subsidiary Christmas Gift owns the land at the centre of the dispute.
This was despite written representations by one Wilford Nyambo objecting to the transaction on the grounds that he is the real owner of the property.Ranchhod said the recording was played during the trial in Gweru as Nyambo sought to defend himself against fraud charges relating to the sale of residential stands in Gweru, but he was convicted all the same.
“It is true that the recording was played in the Gweru case CRV1560/1 of 2013 and my client De Sa was a state witness in the matter against Nyambo and his wife Auxilia. Nyambo was convicted and sentenced but he has since appealed,” said Ranchhod.
Ranchhod also said there is a distinction between the Gweru court case and the current one at the Rotten Row Magistrates Court which relates to a charge where Nyambo and his former lawyer are on trial for allegedly misrepresenting to Nssa that Nyambo is the owner of Christmas Gift, the company which owns the disputed land. — Staff Writer.