Desperate home seekers duped US$112 000

By Fungai Jachi

SUSPECTED land barons who allegedly swindled home-seekers of a combined sum of more than US$100 000 have appeared in court on charges of fraud.

Royal Palm Trust founder Washington Musiiwa, aged 44, and a 42-year old consultant at Knight Frank, Uzillah Munyengerwa, appeared before Harare Magistrate Yeukai Dzuda for allegedly duping desperate home seekers of more than US$90 000.

Another land baron, Felix Chiko, aged 45, is also in the dock for allegedly misrepresenting to the complainant that he was able to facilitate a residential stand in Westgate at a price of US$22 000.

The court heard that the complainant paid the full amount, but the accused failed to provide the stand.

In another case, Washington Hamunakwadi is also facing charges of fraud after he rented out Air Zimbabwe premises in Harare and collected rentals without declaring the company.

He allegedly defrauded the airliner of US$127 000.

Still at the courts, Simao Sixpence, aged 74 and his son Charles are facing charges of attempted murder after they allegedly seriously assaulted and injured their in-law following a misunderstanding.

The two have been remanded in custody.